Tentative calculations indicate that the death toll caused by traffic accidents in downtown Seoul in the year 2019 was reduced by 58, from 304 to 246, an average of 0.67 a day. This is the lowest record in 50 years since the first total was calculated in 1970.
As of 2019, the death toll caused by traffic accidents per 10,000 vehicles was 0.78. Over the past 10 years, the death toll per 10,000 vehicles was between 1.1 and 1.5. It was below 1 for the first time in 2018 and greatly dropped in 2019.
The number of people killed by traffic accidents in Seoul keeps decreasing (400 in 2014 → 304 in 2018 → 246 in 2019). The city will endeavor to reduce the death toll in collaboration with related institutions, including the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, to lower it to 2.1 per 100,000 people by 2020, 1.8 per 100,000 people by 2021.
Seoul will implement an intense policy for reducing the death toll caused by traffic accidents by analyzing the result of statistics in traffic accidents in 2019 to address shortcomings.
First, the “Safe Speed 5030” system will be expanded throughout Seoul to reinforce the safety of pedestrians. It will set the speed limit for main roads at 50km/h and side streets at 30km/h, in order to reduce the number of pedestrians killed in car accidents. Among those killed in traffic accidents, pedestrians comprise 58.5% (144 persons).
Efforts will be continually made for the reduction of jaywalking. Out of 114 people killed in car-to-person accidents, 100 (69.4%) were killed due to the pedestrians’ faults, including jaywalking. Thus, the city is planning to enhance the safety of pedestrians by installing more than additional 30 crosswalks near zones inconvenient for pedestrians and warnings to curb jaywalking at the spot where the installation of a crosswalk is unavailable.
To improve traffic safety for children, Seoul will gradually expand the installation of speed cameras near every elementary school. Also, for 16 elementary schools of which the nearby road lacks a sidewalk, the city will establish sidewalks using land, such as the school site. For 234 elementary schools, traffic safety instructors will be placed to enhance the traffic safety for children during the commuting hours to and from school.
In preparation for the aging society, Seoul will arrange intensive measures against traffic accidents and reinforce the customized traffic safety education to lower the proportion of the elderly killed in traffic accidents.