The latest report from the Prince’s Government on the issue of road accidents reveals a slight downward trend in recent years. But two-wheelers are still strongly involved and the rise of electric scooters could accentuate this phenomenon. Explanations.
Not a week goes by without a road accident being designated on the roads leading to Monaco. Whether on the Nice-Monaco or Menton-Monaco axes, many clashes are to be deplored.
With nearly 50,000 commuters traveling to Monaco every day from Nice or Menton, the accident risk remains high around the Principality.
The majority of two-wheelers in bodily accidents
If since 2007, the number of two-wheeler accidents has fallen considerably, dropping from 174 to 83 last year, two-wheelers remain the most dangerous mode of travel, especially with light motorcycles, whose displacements are includes between 50 and 125 cm3.
According to the latest government report, two-wheelers remain more than the majority in bodily accidents (73.5%). In three quarters of cases, a two-wheeler is involved in an accident.
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In half of the cases, the accident occurs between a two-wheeler and a light vehicle. Among the most notable causes, there are mainly faults in controlling the vehicle, sometimes related to speed, but also to alcohol or inattention.
Often denounced by users, dangerous developments on the roads, roundabouts or non-compliant speed bumps are also the cause of motorcycle accidents. Also according to the Government’s report, a significant proportion of reckless pedestrians have been responsible for accidents in recent years.
To deal with these tragedies and to protect pedestrians, many in Monaco, several innovations have been applied by the Principality.
Solutions already applied, others studied
Pedestrian crossings with white guide strips to help the visually impaired and blind have been rolled out, while sidewalks were lowered a few years ago.
Faced with the ever-increasing use of electric scooters in the city, which has been accompanied by inappropriate behavior on the roads, with vehicles that can reach 50 km/h (such as 50 cm3 cylinders), the Government has made the wearing of a helmet compulsory for users of electric scooters since January 24, 2022.
Awareness steps for offenders, on motorcycles and electric scooters, could also be put in place in the coming months.
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As for the new fixed radars, no installation is planned to date. Unconvinced of the usefulness of the latter, often designated by motorists and motorcyclists, the Government would rather work for a reinforcement of random speed checks, in addition to the already dissuasive presence of the police.
For its part, the Princely Family regularly takes part in the global road safety campaigns of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. The objective is to make the Principality one of the safest places in the world on the roads.