The number of traffic-related deaths went down in 2013. It was roughly ten percent lower than 2012. Photo: Susanne Nobel/Sveriges Radio.

Traffic death figure lowest in 70 years

The number of traffic-related deaths in 2013 was the lowest since before World War II, according to preliminary figures from the Transport Agency. 264 people were killed on Swedish roads last year, news agency TT reports.

The Transport Agency says that safer cars and heavy investments on dual carriageways with lanes in either direction, instead of single carriageways with dual lanes, have helped in bringing down the number of deaths.

"These numbers are remarkably low. We are of course thrilled, even if it's important to remember that every single fatality is a tragedy," says Staffan Widlert, Director General at the Transport Agency.

However, the statistics for 2013 were not all positive and showed that the number of road traffic injuries increased last year. Widlert says that's because an increasing number of bicyclists suffer accidents.

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