published: 01.01.2014, 17:00 | updated: 01.01.2014 18:22:59
Prague - A total of 583 people died in traffic accidents in the 10.5 million Czech Republic in 2013, which has been the lowest number since 1961 when the police started to collect statistics.
In 2012, when the death toll was the lowest by then, 681 people died on Czech roads. In 2011 there were 707 victims whose number has been continuously decreasing since 2007.
In 2013, the police registered a decrease in the number of victims in nine out of 12 months. The toll rose in February, July and December.
In December, roads claimed 54 lives, which was 13 more than one year ago. Two people died on the last day of the year.
The most tragic day of the last month of the year was Thursday, December 19, when six people died on roads. The high death toll was due to the crash of three cars in south Moravia in which four people died.
The biggest number of deaths on Czech roads this year - seven - was registered on July 19.
The worst years by the number of traffic deaths was 1969 with 1758 victims and 1994 when 1473 people died on Czech roads.
The goal set by the National Road Traffic Security Strategy is no more than one dead a day by the year 2020.
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