Road deaths in Spain, Portugal and Greece down sharply

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Road deaths in Spain, Portugal and Greece down sharply

Europe’s roads are still the safest in the world, according to the latest EU data, although the number of road fatalities climbed slightly in 2015 compared to the previous year.

Around 26,000 people were killed in road related accidents last year. But since 2010, that number is down more than 15 percent.

Violeta Bulc, the bloc’s transport commissioner said it was vital that EU member states spend more cash on enforcing speed limits.

‘We know that the human factor is by large the reason for accidents, so we will have to address the human sensitivity in the future even more,” Bulc told euronews following the release of the figures on Thursday.

The EU still has half the number of road fatalities than the US, when comparing road deaths per million inhabitants. The bloc’s highways are three and half times safer than the rest of the world by the same metric.

Your less likely to die on the roads in Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands, the figures reveal. While Spain, Denmark, Greece and Portugal have been praised for reducing road deaths by around a third over the 5 years to 2015.

Men and young people remain the mostly likely to die in a car accident, although the number of under 30-year-olds killed is falling.

Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians made up almost half of those killed last year. They also made up the majority of the 132,000 people seriously injured on EU roads, prompting calls for additional measures to keep so-called vulnerable road users from harm.