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Sweden's traffic death ranks lowest in 60 years history
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17:27, September 08, 2009

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Statistics from the Traffic Department of Sweden shows that 230 people died from traffic accidents from January to August this year, the lowest number in 60 years history, according to a Svenska Dagbladed report on Tuesday.

It is also 20% lower compared with the same period last year. But compared with the peak time in history, the progress is dramatic. In the mid 1970s, the number of deaths from traffic accidents were more than 700 from January to August. Sweden's total population is about 9 million.

Lena Eriksson, spokeswoman for the traffic department attributed the main reasons for the progress to the high quality and secure cars and better roads.

"The cars are more secure and the road is better," Eriksson said Sweden has built 4000 to 4500 kilometers of road which is meeting-free. That means the cars drive in one direction without meeting the cars from the other side due to a fence or an isolation belt for the roads.

Statistics show that the death number mainly reduced in those roads which are meeting-free. This indicates that investment in building such roads is cost-effective, Eriksson said.

Eriksson added that Sweden has invested more in building isolation belt on the road. Since last year, another 300 kilometers of such roads have been built.

Statistics show that the death number of young people between 11 and 19 increased from 11 to 19 while women's death decreased by 40% and men only 13%.

By Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online, Stockholm.

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