Issues concerning road safety are of highest importance within the transportation sector internationally. At the same time, large investments are made in car design, aiming to reinforce the passive safety of vehicles.
The mass production of self-driving cars is now a top priority for the tech industry, so that accidents caused by drivers’ mistakes can be eliminated. Unfortunately, car accidents in Greece are caused by a combination of reasons. Number one reason is our driving behaviour, followed by inadequate police supervision (which results to a loose attitude of drivers towards laws and regulations). Third reason is the aged “car fleet” in Greece, especially when compared to the European average and the badly maintained roads and vandalised traffic signs.
Through the last 10 years, fatal accidents in Greece have been reduced by 53% and major injuries by 55%. The factors that have contributed to this step forward, are the drastic improvement of vehicles’ passive safety, better quality of main highways and the reduction of the total number of vehicles on the road (since increased road taxes, taxes on fuel prices and vehicles’ maintenance cost have led to significantly reduced traffic).
However, despite this important improvement in numbers, Greece continues to score one of the highest percentages of fatal accidents within the European Union (source: European Union – Mobility and Transport Committee – November 2016).
More specifically, as noted by the "Road Safety Urban Areas - Country Overview" report: “Despite the significant improvement observed throughout the last decade (especially from 2006 onwards), Greece holds by far the worst performance (regarding road safety) among the members of EU, marking as well the highest number of deaths.”