In Denmark the police annually record around 20,000 traffic accidents. Of these accidents approximate 30% occurs in rural areas. This amount of accidents however makes up 44% of all casualties and 64% of all fatalities on the Danish road network system. In 1988 the Danish Safety Commission presented an action plan for traffic safety with a main target of 40-45% reduction in the number of killed and injured on the roads in Denmark. But during the period from 1988 to 1996 the real number of killed and injured was has only been reduced by 28%. The most favorable trend occurred in urban areas, but discrepancy in the trends between urban and rural areas should be seen in light of a noticeable diversity in the trend traveled vehicle kilometers. During the period of 1987-1996 a growth of approximately 48% in vehicle kilometers traveled took place in rural areas. During the same period, the growth in urban areas was only approximately 10%. However the Safety Commission target was fixed regardless of any traffic growth. Therefore special actions have to be taken on the rural roads to improve traffic safety and to keep up the targets of the Commission. To make a foundation for these actions, the Danish Road Directorate conducted a study of traffic accidents on rural roads. This paper will refer some main points from this study.

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  • Accession Number: 00797303
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VTI konferens 13A, part 7
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2000 12:00AM