Big drop in traffic deaths as drivers ditch their cars

The number of people who died in traffic accidents around Greece last year fell beneath 1,000 for the first time since 1974, according to a recent study.

The number of serious injuries also dropped, Crete Polytechnic experts said.

The highest number of road deaths was recorded in 1998, when 2,229 people were killed in traffic accidents.

Experts attribute the decline to a sharp reduction in car use.

More than 612,000 drivers have handed in their licence plates in order to avoid paying road tax.

“The drop has been recorded in spite of looser policing in the streets,” said Michail Nikolarakis, one of the experts who took part in the study.

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