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A Short History of Road Safety in France

Today, each French citizen travels 35 times farther on the roads, by means other than walking, than they did in 1900. Back then, there were only 3,500 cars on the roads, and some 5 million horse-drawn vehicles. However, the risk of dying on the roads is actually lower today. The number of road deaths peaked in 1972 at more than five times its current level, but the official report “La sécurité routière en France” (Road Safety in France) details only the small measures taken after 1972.

  • Information sheet

    • Date: 2022
    • Author(s): ORSELLI Jean
    • Domain(s): Road Safety / General
    • Type: RR394 - Road Stories
    • PIARC Ref.: RR394-052
    • Number of pages: 5
  • This article has been published in the Routes/Roads magazine

    N° 394

    3rd Quarter 2022 / September

    Road Asset Management