Performance indicators for counties

Main accident indicators for the counties of France mainland - update with 2018 data

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Fatalities per million inhabitants (average 2013-2017).

In France mainland, over the period 2013-2017, the number of people killed per million inhabitants per year varies from 17 for the Hauts-de-Seine and Paris to 145 for the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (with a value of 158 for Lozère, whose population is much lower than that of the other counties). The average for France mainland is 53, close to the European average. 30 counties are below the national average, mainly highly populated counties with a strong urban component. The target of fewer than 2,000 people killed in 2020 corresponds to a ratio of 30 per million inhabitants. Only 7 counties are below this value over 2013-2017: Paris, 5 counties of Île-de-France and the Rhône. Between the period 2008-2012 and the period 2013-2017, mortality per million inhabitants fell by -17% in France mainland. In 44 counties, this rate fell more sharply, to -41% for Charente. It is up in 9 departments. The most significant increase concerns Lozère (+38%) but concerns small and therefore more fluctuating numbers. Mortality of 18-24 year olds per million young people in this age group is lowest in Paris and the inner suburbs and highest in the low-density rural counties and transition counties. In 41 counties, this rate is higher than 160, or 3 times the national mortality per million inhabitants.

Carte départementale de la mortalité par million d'habitants (moyenne 2013-2017)

Accident types in counties.

The figures in this section cover the period 2013-2017, except for calculations on novice drivers (period 2012-2016). The share of powered two wheelers killed is 23%; it is higher than 33% in seven counties, mainly in Île-de-France or the south-east: Alpes-Maritimes, Corse-du-Sud, Paris, Var, Territoire-de-Belfort, Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne. 29% of the people killed are so in an accident involving a driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 g/l or more. This share exceeds 40% in four counties: Finistère, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée and Territoire-de-Belfort. 22% of those killed are so in an accident involving a novice driver. This share varies from 14% in the Cher, Dordogne and Haute-Saône to 38% in the Val-de-Marne.

Evolution of the number of fatalities per million inhabitants between 2008-2012 and 2013-2017, by county

Carte départementale de l'évolution de la mortalité par million d'habitants (moyenne 2013-2017)

Mortality by length of road network outside urban areas

The nature and length of the road network varies greatly from one county to another. The length varies from less than 2,000 km for the Territory of Belfort, Paris and the Hauts-de-Seine to 20,000 km for  Côtes-d'Armor, Puy-de-Dôme and Gironde. While the proportions of motorways and trunk roads vary little (between 0% and 3% each and up to 7% for the national network in Corsica), the same cannot be said for the proportions of county council roads and municipal roads, particularly in relation to the presence of large urban areas:
- county council roads (excluding Paris): from 14% (in Seine-Saint-Denis) to 63% (in Aube);
- municipal roads (excluding Paris, of which only 1 km out of 1,626 is not on a municipal road): from 35% (in Aube) to 84% (in Seine-Saint-Denis).
The average annual number of people killed outside urban areas per 10,000 km of road over the 2013-2017 period ranges from 6 for Creuse to over 70 for Bouches-du-Rhône and the counties of the inner suburbs (120 for Seine-Saint-Denis).

Average annual number of people killed outside urban areas per 10,000 km of roads over the period 2013-2017 by county

Mortalité par km réseau 2013-2017