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Less deaths in car accidents in Burgenland

The number of deadly car accidents in Burgenland has decreased by a third in the last ten years. This is shown in a long-term study of the "Car Club Austria" (VCÖ).

The study revealed that, even if in the past two years more people died, the safety measures in Burgenland have had a significant impact. These measures are the reason that deaths through car accidents have decreased by almost 40 percent in the past ten years.

Experts of transport especially praise the nationwide Discobus-network.

Within the borders of Austria, safety measures have developed differently. Burgenland, for example, is in sixth place when compared to the other Austrian states.

The state which has had the biggest decrease in deaths caused by car accidents (60 percent) is Tyrol, followed by Styria. This is thanks to the expansion of the train-network in Tyrol. The VCÖ stated that the risk of having a car accident is 50 percent higher than with a train.

Walking and bike routes next to country roads would also reduce the risk of accidents. According to the Car Club, children and older people would be safer if the maximum speed on urban streets was reduced from 50 kph to 30 kph.

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