Although the annual number of fatalities in road transport in Slovenia has been declining for decades and has almost halved in the last 20 years, traffic accidents over the last decade took more than 190 lives a year, on average. The number of deaths in road accidents has been declining over the last decade. This positive trend is also seen in most other European countries.
This indicator defines the number of road traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries in the period 1991–2007 in Slovenia as well as changes in the number of road traffic accidents, fatalities and injuries in EU countries in the period 1991–2014. The number of accidents, fatalities and injuries in rail transport in Slovenia in the period 2004–2015 is also presented.
The traffic accidents that are included are those within a given year resulting in death or injury and that were attended by or reported to the Police within 24 hours of the event. Included collisions were those between road vehicles, between road vehicles and pedestrians, between road vehicles and animals, between fixed obstacles and one road vehicle alone, and between road and rail vehicles. Multi-vehicle collisions are counted as only one accident provided that any successive collisions happened at very short intervals after the main collision (Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2015).
Fatalities are included as all persons killed outright or within 30 days as a result of an accident. Injured persons are all those who were not killed, but injured in an accident and who needed medical treatment (CARE, 2011). Seriously injured persons are all those who were involved in a road traffic accident and sustained injuries that put their life in danger or damaged their health (either extremely, temporarily, or to a lesser extent, permanently) or meant that they were temporarily unable to perform any work or that their ability to work was permanently diminished (Penal Code of the Republic of Slovenia; Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 2015).
A rail traffic accident includes any accident involving at least one moving rail vehicle and resulting in at least one serious injury or death.
Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia: Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Slovenia 1993-2012 and SI-STAT Data Portal, 2016
|traffic accidents involving death or injury||index (1991 = 100)||100||107||115||120||119||116||127||107||126||155|
|fatalities||index (1991 = 100)||100||106||107||109||90||84||77||67||72||68|
|seriously injured||index (1991 = 100)||100||99||96||98||95||83||81||63||77||113|
|traffic accidents involving death or injury||number||5479||5882||6290||6586||6540||6348||6951||5864||6929||8469|
|traffic accidents involving death or injury||index (1991 = 100)||168||188||213||232||188||205||208||163||157||138|
|fatalities||index (1991 = 100)||60||58||52||59||56||57||63||46||37||30|
|seriously injured||index (1991 = 100)||101||59||52||52||48||46||47||40||39||33|
|traffic accidents involving death or injury||number||9199||10298||11676||12721||10309||11223||11414||8938||8589||7560|
|traffic accidents involving death or injury||index (1991 = 100)||132||125||119||114|
|fatalities||index (1991 = 100)||31||28||27||23|
|seriously injured||index (1991 = 100)||35||32||27||31|
|traffic accidents involving death or injury||number||7218||6864||6542||6264|
Road safety evolution in EU. CARE – European Road Accident Database, European Commission, 2016.
Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, SI-STAT Data Portal, 2016
|accidents||index (2004 = 100)||100||82||98||124||133||39||43||22||24||27|
|fatalities||index (2004 = 100)||100||42||75||142||75||92||117||33||42||42|
|seriously injured||index (2004 = 100)||100||43||26||71||98||33||29||29||14||24|
|accidents||index (2004 = 100)||31||29|
|fatalities||index (2004 = 100)||25||8|
|seriously injured||index (2004 = 100)||19||31|
Resolution on the transport policy of the Republic of Slovenia, 2006:
To increase safety of rail transport through larger investments into the technical protection of traffic, maintenance of infrastructure and vehicles, modernisation of vehicles and harmonisation of Slovenian and European transport systems, elimination of level crossings for pedestrians and road-rail level crossings and an increased number of non-level crossings, providing information to all users and education for all rail transport participants.
White Paper (2011):
To halve the number of road deaths by 2020 (compared to 2010 as a base year). 2050 vision: zero fatalities in road transport, which is to be accomplished through improved education and training of participants in road transport and implementation of road traffic regulations, provision of safer road infrastructure and safer vehicles, promotion of the use of technologies that improve road traffic safety and protection of vulnerable road users.
White Paper goals are included in the National Road Safety Programme for the period 2012–2021 (NPVCP, 2011).
The programme goals include preserving lives in road transport, halving the number of persons killed or seriously injured, limiting fatalities on Slovenian roads to 70 per year (35 per million inhabitants) and limiting persons seriously injured to 420 per year (210 persons per million inhabitants) by the end of 2021.
The European Parliament resolution of 27 September 2011 on European road safety sets quantitative 2020 targets as follows:
Strategic goals of the Resolution on the National Road Safety Programme for the Period 2013–2022 (ReNPVCP13-22, 2013) include (in addition to the common goal of the EU Member States to preserve lives and to halve the number of persons killed or seriously injured) limiting fatalities on Slovenian roads to 70 per year (35 per million inhabitants) and persons seriously injured to 460 per year (230 persons per million inhabitants) by the end of 2022.