Annual Road Safety reports from 1980 to 1989

In 1980, there were 242,973 road traffic injury accidents. 12,514 people were killed in the 6 days following their accident, including 2,201 pedestrians, 659 cyclists, 1,273 moped users, 1,057 motorcyclists, 6,701 motorists, 209 truck users. 851 children aged 14 and under died, 784 teenagers aged 15-17, 3,154 young adults aged 18-24 and 1,948 seniors aged 65 and over.

In 1989, only 10,528 people were killed (within 6 days of their accident), including 688 moped riders.

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.

The decline in mortality is slowing compared to the previous decade.

The local road safety policy is implemented with county-level road safety action plans and the REAGIR programme (Reacting through investigations of serious accidents and initiatives to remedy them) following the Beaune accident, which killed 53 people, including 44 children.

In 1983, the blood alcohol level was lowered from 1.2 to 0.8 g/l of alcohol in the blood and from 1986 it was possible to immediately withdraw the driving licence of a person driving under the influence of alcohol.

In 1988, early learning to drive (accompanied driving) was introduced in all counties.

Vehicles are equipped with anti-braking systems. The construction of roundabouts significantly reduces the number of fatal accidents.

Irregularly, mortality finally falls by 20%, while traffic increases by a factor of 1.4. The number of people killed per billion km travelled decreased from 43 to 27.