In 1960, there were 141,309 traffic accidents in mainland France. 8,876 people were killed within 3 days of their accident, including 1,889 pedestrians, 848 cyclists, 1,625 moped riders, 1,004 motorcyclists and 2,885 motorists.
In 1969, 14,664 people were killed (within 6 days of their accident).
The purpose of road safety reports is to make accidents known and to understand their components, in particular through thematic and transversal analyses. It is also a question of highlighting the major challenges of road safety.
Between 1960 and 1970, mortality increased by +56%, traffic increased by a factor of 2.3 and the number of people killed per billion km travelled rose from 111 to 81.
From 1967 onwards, a person is counted as killed if he/she dies within 6 days after the accident, compared to 3 days before.
Passenger cars, which accounted for 39% of the vehicles involved in 1957, accounted for 64% in 1969; on the other hand, the powered-two wheelers involved rose from 47% to 26%.
In 1962, speed was limited to 60 km/h in urban areas (with a possible increase to 80 km/h in some crossings on major routes).
In 1965, the law allowed breath testing for alcohol contamination of drivers for serious offences.
On 8 November 1968, the International Convention on Road Traffic, Road Signs and Signals was signed in Vienna.