Road safety: Fall in mortality in the French overseas departments and territories, despite an increase in personal accidents and the number of injured

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According to ONISR, 237 people died on the roads in 2017, 24 less than in 2016 (- 9%). On the other hand, bodily accidents increased by + 11,6% (2 accidents, + 676), as did the number of injured people (279 injured, + 3%, + 410 victims) and the number of he hospitalizations are down slightly (7,4 hospitalizations; - 236; - 1%).

Overseas, motorist mortality remains the highest category and increased in 2017 (98 deaths, + 3,2%, + 3 fatalities); that of users of motorized two-wheelers (74 deaths, - 14,9%, - 13 killed), pedestrians (46 deaths, - 8%, - 4 killed) and cyclists (11 deaths, - 26,7%, - 4 killed) is down slightly.

The factors “speed” and “alcohol” are the main causes of fatal accidents and two characteristics are highlighted:

- For users of motorized two-wheelers, half of those who died were not wearing a helmet;

- With regard to motorists, the majority of deceased victims did not wear seat belts.

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