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Road fatalities up - eleven die each day

The Local · 6 Jul 2012, 11:56

Published: 06 Jul 2012 11:56 GMT+02:00

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Just over 4,000 people died in road accidents in Germany in 2011 – 361 more than the previous year, figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed. That was an increase of 9.9 percent, slightly more than statisticians had expected.

Rural roads were the most dangerous, being the site of 61 percent of traffic deaths.

Only the number of under-15s who died in traffic went down – with 17.3 percent fewer children dying in 2011 than the previous year.

Around 40 percent of all traffic deaths were due to vehicles being driven too fast, the office’s report said. But the number of alcohol-related fatal accidents rose for the first time since 2002 – by 17 percent to reach 400.

The number of injuries also rose in 2011, the report said, with serious injuries up by just over 10 percent, and slight injuries up by nearly five percent.

The total number of traffic accidents was actually down by just over two percent over the previous year – but the share of accidents in which people were hurt rose by more than six percent.

Apparently, the risk of being killed in a traffic accident is the highest in Hannover and the lowest in Bonn.

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13:37 July 6, 2012 by Wrench
I live on a rural road and the traffic is a horror. People are always driving too fast. I think it's time to lower the speed limit to 70 not 100. The higher the population, the higher the number of idiot drivers.
13:40 July 6, 2012 by taiwanluthiers
You think its bad, come to Taiwan and you will think that Germans are great drivers.
13:47 July 6, 2012 by JDee
Germany may be a 2nd world country when it comes to civilised driving habits but that is no reason to feel comfortable just because it's better than the 3rd world. They should start by brininging in the same kind of rules as we have in the UK for responsible advertising in relation to driving behaviour. When companies like BMW and Mercedes show adverts with people speeding and overtaking on dangerous roads / remember the Beckenbauer advert last Christmas ) they have to take the responsibility that some of this blood is on their hands.
19:10 July 6, 2012 by frankiep
I can't say I'm surprised about this. I never cease to be amazed at just how aggressive and reckless German drivers are. Actually I'm surprised that there aren't even more deadly accidents considering the number of lunatics you can see on the Autobahn on any given day.
19:57 July 6, 2012 by Whipmanager
Maybe because they are doing away with limitless speed? hey, I remember traveling over 140 miles per hour (220 KPH) and life seemed safer. Is it my imagination that as we limit things we are actually causing more accidents?
21:01 July 6, 2012 by auslanderus
I drive a Roller to and from work every week and not a week go's by that some arsh cuts me off or drives me off the road. Never do I see the "law" around when it happens. Plus guess who is normally behind the wheel? A "man".Where is the respect for people these days? Ya, I can't drive as fast as you but that does not mean you have to kill me also.
22:11 July 6, 2012 by frankiep
In my experience, Audi drivers are the absolute worst. Easily the most aggressive, inconsiderate, and arrogant drivers. Whenever I see a douchebag tailgating someone while driving 180 km/h on the Autobahn, he is almost always driving an Audi.

I can understand that the Autobahn is made for driving at extremely fast speeds. But what I can't understand is that, despite the lack of speed limits, that there are NEVER any police around to at least act as a deterrent against the tailgating, cutting off, and overall aggressive and highly dangerous driving that is on display everywhere here.
00:55 July 7, 2012 by Whipmanager
frankiep: My experience is that there are only polizei around when they can give you a ticket. If they can't why waste time, they show up when the ambulance and feurwehr do....

In my time, it was the Mercedes that was left blinker and on your tail until you moved. I had a 735, top speed about 220 ish KPH, and the Mercedes had even more speed and power. they always said that if you were the driver of a BMW, Mercedes or Audi, you were most likely to think you owned the road. The Porsche drivers were cool. The Corvette drivers were pimps or drug dealers, but always of the ilk that was criminal. You never saw a lamborghini, ferari (in Rhineland) or any very special car unless they were just traveling through (the Wein Str was the exception, they would go there to hang out.

Amazing what a type of car says about you....LOL
04:52 July 7, 2012 by berfel
According to the press release, "inappropriate speed" was the third-most common FACTOR in crashes.

The Federal Statistical Office has published a full report, including some expanatory notes in English for download from their site. It shows clearly (p49) that the leading factor in crashes for mature drivers is failure to give way, etc. Table 2.5 shows inappropriate speed to be a declining factor overall; down more than 10% over the previous year.

Excessive speed being a factor is given a high profile; because it is easiest to police by using gadgets. And lucrative for (essentially) bankrupt local governments to fund their extravagances.

One may also note that the total number of crashes on the Autobahn declined in 2011 over 2010 (which had a really bad year) and over previous years. Autobahn fatalities rose slightly but injury crash numbers were down on the same roads. Looking at the deviation in factors causing crashes, it looks like the attitudes of drivers reflect increasing impatience, a degree of "rebellion" and perhaps distraction. Those things have their roots outside of the car.

BTW: In the final pages of the report it shows that one is more likely to be killed in a train accident than a car crash.
09:28 July 7, 2012 by bjerkebek
the german drivers have become rude and hyper aggressive. I swear blood would pour from every pore if they ACTUALLY HAD TO WAIT FOR SOMEONE. Its childish.

heaven forbid they have

1) police that actually write tickets (beyond the realm of "Schneller als die Polizei Erlaub"). the honor system is stupid and shockingly doesn't work.

2) a national speed limit of 88 KPH on the autobahn, 30 KPH in town.

3) defensive driving course instead of hyperaggression
09:48 July 7, 2012 by Englishted

"Its childish."

Maybe but we don't need a nanny state to look after us.

88kph get real I would need a two week holiday to get to where I wanted to go ,80kph is for lorries and it is never enforced.

"heaven forbid" your rules came in.
12:26 July 7, 2012 by Leo Strauss
I think that on the whole Germans are good drivers. But...

Of the bad ones, it is hard to say who is the most dangerours out there. The `Old Man with Hat` -as berfel points out, the inexperienced and experienced racers, the aggressive drivers...most seem to be men. Then again, there was that teenaged girl who killed most of the Australian women's cycling team on a curve in Thüringia a few years ago.

So far I have been taken out on my bike and in my car by old men- both times they didn`t look and it was in the city.

My biggest beef is that the Turbo-Wolves of the Autobahn have no respect for bad weather. The A 9 for example, between Bitterfeld and Potsdam is really a Highway of Death. Black ice, fog, white-outs, smoke, a freak sand storm like the one up in Meck-Pomm a while back- nothing slows these guys down and then innocent drivers have to pay.

From the Autobahn to the B Streets and Land Streets- Why are these wonderful trees allowed to stand so close to the road? I know that they provided shade 100 years ago and look good but my goodness... and why are the ditches V shaped instead of in the form of a gentle U? Just some observations...

Anyway, to me, the A 9 between Bitterfeld and Potsdam is Fast and Furious. Anyone else got a scary stretch of Autobahn?
18:55 July 7, 2012 by frankiep
A3 between Frankfurt and Limburg. Take a bunch of wannabe Formula1 drivers who tailgate to the point where they are practically in the back seat of the car in front of them and combine it with a bunch of LKWs who love nothing more than participating in turtle races (one truck going 86 km/h overtaking another truck which is going 84 km/h, repeated, ad nauseam) and you have a commuting nightmare.
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