As UNECE continues to monitor the road safety situation during the effects of COVID-19, there has been much interest in what data are available for tracking the impacts on traffic and road safety. We have decided to combine the available road accident fatality data that have been collated on the wiki into a single file, so interested policy makers can see how the road safety situation is evolving in different countries. There are very important caveats to consider with this dataset, such as:
Because of these very important caveats, users are strongly encouraged to check the metadata (when provided) using the links to each country source in the main wiki table (which can be sorted by topic e.g. road safety) before using the data for analysis. Despite these imperfections, this dataset does give insights into the very clear road safety impacts that are being observed during and post-lockdown. As set out in the last blogpost, many (but not all) countries are seeing record-level reductions in road accident fatalities, but these reductions should be considered within the environment of even-bigger reductions in road traffic. It will of course be of interest to see how these figures change as traffic levels return to their previous levels (or even increase further, given lower public transport use.)
Do you know of any official sources for road accident fatalities for missing countries? Please email us.
The data (for 20 countries as of 17 September) are available in Excel here and as a CSV file here.
Figure 1: Changes in road safety fatalities, April-June 2020 versus the same time period of 2019. A positive value refers to a decrease compared to 2019.