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Fewer accidents but more fatalities on Berlin streets

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Berlin - The number of pedestrians killed last year on Berlin streets jumped about 16 per cent while overall traffic deaths climbed 20 per cent despite a significant, corona-related drop in traffic, according to police statistics released Monday.

Last year, 19 pedestrians and 17 cyclists were killed in traffic in the capital compared with a total 30 in 2019 while overall 50 people died on Berlin's streets, 10 more than the previous year, the stats show.

"Time and again we had to join cyclists at a vigil, put up white figures or wheels, lay flowers and light candles," said Roland Stimpel, spokesperson for the German Association of Pedestrians, or FUSS. Stimpel said 2020 was "a terrible year for us."

The increase in fatalities stands in stark contrast to other statistics that show roads were safer in some respects. Police recorded 126,286 accidents in the first year of corona, down nearly 14.3 per cent from the year before. Those injured in accidents slipped 13.7........

© Berliner Zeitung

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