Just one person died as a result of traffic accidents across all age groups in Oslo, the Norwegian capital in 2019, official figures have revealed. The record is so impressive that For the first time ever, no children under the age of 16 died in traffic at all in Norway in the whole of 2019.
However, 110 people were killed in traffic in the rest of the country in 2019, up from 108 in 2018.
Aftenposten, a local newspaper reports that 2017 saw the second lowest number of traffic deaths ever in Oslo with only 3 persons.
In contrast, report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) give road accident casualties as 2,699 for January to June alone. This follows a tradition of about 5,000 deaths per year on Nigerian roads.
Figures from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration showed in the past 50 years, the number of mortalities on the city’s roads have declined drastically, down from 41 deaths in 1975.
Norway recorded the lowest number of deaths in traffic in Europe in 2017, reporting 20 incidents per one million inhabitants.
In comparison, 126 people died on London roads in 2019 as of early December, an increase of 22 from the same period in 2018.
Despite this, the UK is considered one of the safest countries in the European Union for traffic accidents, with under 30 deaths per one million inhabitants.
The most dangerous countries in the EU for road safety are Bulgaria and Romania, which has an average of over 90 deaths per one million inhabitants.
In 2002, the Norwegian government introduced “Vision Zero” as part of their national transport plan for 2018-2029.
Vision Zero is the basis for all road safety work in Norway and aims to establish a transport system in which no one is killed or severely injured in traffic.
The country achieved its low traffic mortality rate by reducing the average speed on Norwegian roads and increasing the number of safety feature-heavy cars in the market.
In Oslo, the administration introduced restrictions on driving zones, especially in the city centre, and began establishing well-connected cycling lanes to encourage citizens to commute on two wheels instead of four.
Road director Ingrid Dahl Hovland told Norwegian news site NRK that December was a particularly bad month for road deaths nationwide as 14 people died, double the number of deaths in the same month the year before.
Vision Zero is an approach also adopted by EU member states, including the UK.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, aims to make 80 percent of all journeys in the capital car-free by 2041 as part of the city’s transport strategy, in line with Vision Zero.