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IN FOCUS / 2018-05-08

Father's Day causing accidents

Father's Day was on 10 May, and many will seize the opportunity to go on an outing, with a well-filled handcart, and enjoy the day. But you should think twice about using other vehicles. We have noticed for some years now that particularly high numbers of road traffic accidents under the influence of alcohol occur on specific days. It comes as no surprise that this includes Father's Day and 1 May – but it is nevertheless remarkable that our traffic accidents calendar shows such a clear pattern.

On Father's Day 2016, for instance, 291 alcohol-related accidents occurred – more than on both New Year's Day (271) and 1 May (224), and roughly three times as many as on a normal day. In recent years, the highest number of alcohol-related accidents on a Father's Day was recorded in 2008, when Father's Day coincided with Labour Day. The police registered 420 accidents under the influence of alcohol on that day.

Our traffic accidents calendar visualises the development of traffic accidents from 2006 onwards. It enables you to compare alcohol-related accidents, motorcycle accidents and accidents involving personal injury over the year.

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Key figures

Road network (roads of other than local trans­port)2017229,270 km
Railway lines (Length of lines operated)201538,466 km
Length of waterways20177,675 km
Stock of passenger cars
New registrations of passenger cars20173,441,262


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