When you’re on a road trip in France, news that the number of deaths on the country’s autoroutes has fallen to an all-time low is very welcome. Last year, 3,250 people were killed on French roads – a drop of 11% on 2012.
That’s the lowest since records began, in 1948. The highest was in 1972, when 18,000 people died on France’s roads.
Today speeding and alcohol remain the two biggest causes of deaths, accounting for 45% of the total.
I have to admit rarely to having seen much bad driving in France – certainly nothing worse than in the UK. However, deaths on French roads outnumber those in Britain by almost two to one.
Nevertheless, as I travel around Normandy this weekend, news of the drop in France is reassuring.