A total of 468 people died in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic in 2021, nine more than in 2020.
Between 2000 and 2019, the number of annual road fatalities fell by 59%. The greatest reductions were achieved between 2000 and 2013 when the number of annual road deaths dropped 56%.
Since 2013, when annual road deaths numbered 654, the number of road deaths has oscillated, reaching a high of 737 in 2015 and a record low of 577 in 2017 before returning to the 658 fatalities in 2018.
The number of traffic deaths per 100 000 inhabitants in the Czech Republic has fallen 60% between 2000 and 2019. In 2019, 5.8 traffic deaths per 100 000 inhabitants were recorded, compared to 14.5 in 2000.
By way of comparison, the average in the European Union (EU) was 5.1 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants in 2019.
Pedestrians registered the largest reduction among all road user groups from 2000 to 2019, with 70% fewer road deaths in the latter year. Likewise, cyclists, occupants of passenger cars and moped riders saw strong fatality reductions of 58% or greater over this time.
The new National Safety Strategy for 2021-30 is under development and will include as the main target the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries by 50% between 2020 and 2030, in accordance with the objectives set by EU. The new strategy will focus on a number of specific traffic safety areas (e.g. children, seniors, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, alcohol, etc.).