March 2019 Road Safety dashboard

Road deaths in the first quarter of 2019 were up 9.3% in France mainland.

France mainland

During the first quarter of 2019, 741 people died compared to 678 in 2018, i.e. 63 more people killed (+9.3%). This increase mainly concerns seniors aged 65 and over (42 more killed) and pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists (24 more killed respectively), while motorist mortality is lower (13 fewer killed).

In March 2019, 250 people died compared to 233 in March 2018, an increase of 17 deaths (+7.3%). The increase in mortality mainly concerns cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

During the first quarter of 2019, in metropolitan France, mortality on roads outside urban areas is estimated at 423 deaths compared to 446 on average over 5 years, a decrease of 23 deaths, while 77 people were killed on motorways (compared to 51 on average over 5 years) and 241 in urban areas (compared to 211 on average over 5 years).

Thus, on the graph below of the comparative evolution of cumulative road mortality over 12 months, it can be seen that the road network outside urban areas, if it does not continue to decrease mortality at the same rate as the first 4 months of the 80 km/h measurement, resists a sharp increase generated by the spring weather in this first quarter and the relaxation of behaviour induced by the destroyed radars.


During the first 3 months of 2019, 54 people were killed compared to 64 in the first quarter of 2018.

In March 2019, road deaths were lower than in March 2018, with 3 fewer people killed (21 killed in March 2019 compared to 18 killed in March 2018).