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Lower Saxony drivers at highest risk for tree collisions

DDP/The Local · 16 Dec 2009, 09:44

Published: 16 Dec 2009 09:44 GMT+01:00

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In 2008, there were 95 tree collision accidents per 1,000 kilometres of road in the state, the Auto Club Europa (ACE) study said after reviewing information from the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis).

But not all German drivers have such sylvan tendencies, the study said. Though there were some 25,000 car accidents with trees in 2008, this number is half that of reports in 1995. The ACE said that this does not mean that German drivers should give up being cautious, though, as some 20,000 people have died in tree accidents since that year.

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The most dangerous roads for such accidents are in rural areas. To prevent accidents the ACE encouraged states to enact no-passing zones, reduce speed limits, put up protective barriers and plant new trees at least nine metres from roads.

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13:23 December 16, 2009 by Jollyjack
The tree suddenly stepped out in front of me.
20:11 December 16, 2009 by Henckel
I'm reminded of the rock song that says, "Oak tree, you're in my way..." More seriously, it seems strage that Niedersachsen would have this record and not some region like the Schwarzwald (the last remnant of the Hercynian Forest) or Schwabenland. Perhaps driver habits are as much a factor as terrain or the amount of forest coverage.
23:12 December 16, 2009 by wxman
I'm curious as well as to why the trees seem to have singled out Niedersachsen drivers. We need a panel of botonists to investigate this and determine if the trees are simply responding to insensitive human activities.
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