The increase in traffic accidents by 3.7% in 2023 compared to last year demonstrates a chronic problem of Greece, which none of those in charge has managed to resolve. Unfortunately, our country is ranked on the 24ththe position among the 27 members of Europe regarding the number of deaths per million inhabitants from traffic accidents with 61 deaths (when the European average is 46). Behind her, in the last places of the relevant ranking, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, while in first place with the fewest deaths (22) is Sweden.
Automatically, one could say here about its difference standard of living between the rich North and the poor South as a key cause of the traffic challenge. And indeed, this argument has a serious basis, as a developed country has, at least, better infrastructure. We remind Greece's European first in the reduction of deaths in traffic accidents in the decade 2010-2020, due to the improvement of infrastructure and the quality of the fleet of vehicles in circulation, but also the reduction of travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, what is much more important in dealing with the traffic problem is the driving behavior of citizenswhere in developed countries there is more awareness and discipline in matters of security, result education and blowing a different one driving culture, but also of strict police controls, with the use of digital technology.
On the contrary, in Greece, we operate differently and in any case with slower reflexes. The revision of the KOK remains outstanding as of 2018, policing by an under-staffed Traffic Service still takes place without digital media, regarding the method of application (cameras) and data collection (digital confirmation of violations), while all relevant initiatives had been announced (National Action Plan for Road Safety in 2020) have not materialized…
Her lack of respect of the rules of driving behavior in Greece also demonstrate the main causes of traffic accidents, which are speedingthe not wearing a helmet from motorcyclists and mobile phone use while driving.
According to statisticsthe vehicles diverted from their course by speeding without a collision with another vehicle are recorded as a percentage of 50% (40% in Europe), while this phenomenon in an urban environment results in 55% of the dead be motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclists who have been swept away.
As far as the motorcyclistsunfortunately only 80% of front riders and 65% of rear riders wear a helmetwhen the European average is 95%, with what this implies for protection in an accident: 36% of fatal traffic accidents on Greek roads involve motorcyclists, when the average in Europe is only 18%.
Another factor that is underestimated is the fact that the Greek drivers talking on the mobile phone, while driving at a rate of 10.5% (at 5% the European AD), as a result of which their attention is distracted. And, of course, to all of the above should be added, unfortunately, the fact of her alcohol use from the drivers.
It is obvious that these main factors causing traffic accidents (speed, helmet, mobile phone, alcohol) in our country have to do with it lack of driving education.
Countless proposals have been written and spoken to improve the way we drive, with everyone agreeing that the driving education instillation it must start from primary education, in order to cultivate a culture of safety and respect for the environment in future drivers. On the other hand, reduction of speed limits in an urban environment, where most traffic accidents are caused, and tightening of controls leveraging technology, they should have been done… yesterday. Anyone who has driven abroad with digital traffic ticket checks knows what we mean…
Anyway, it's a shame that every year a small town is lost to asphalt (635 deaths in 2023), without a concerted effort on the part of the state to reduce this number and achieve the goal of reducing traffic by 50% in 2030, which has been set. They are needed actions and Contact public awareness (just as was done during the pandemic period). And finally, let an Authority be designated that will undertake the implementation of the announced measures, abolishing polyarchy, the committees and sub-committees…