Ireland had lowest fatality rate of persons killed in road incidents in the European Union in 2018, according to a report by Eurostat published today.

The figures, from the statistical office of the European Union, show that 29 people per one million died as a result of a road incident in 2018 here. The EU average was 52.

Denmark follows Ireland at 30, Sweden had 32 fatalities per million inhabitants and the Netherlands 35.

Romania had the highest rate of deaths as a result of traffic incidents at 96 victims per one million people.

In total in 2018, 23,339 people died in road incidents across the EU.

Car drivers and passengers accounted for 45% of deaths, pedestrians accounted for 21%, 15% of victims were motorcyclists and 8% involved bicycles. Other vehicles such as buses and coaches and heavy and light goods vehicles accounted for 12%.

The report shows a downward trend over the last 10 years in the number of road traffic victims in the EU.

Compared with 2008, the number of road fatalities has fallen by more than 13,000 persons (-37%), from almost 37,000 to less than 24,000 in 2018.

In countries where cycling is widespread, such as the Netherlands or Denmark, cyclists accounted for a larger share of fatalities than in countries where cycling is less common.

The report shows that cyclists accounted for 20.4% of all road accident deaths in the Netherlands in 2018, followed by Denmark with 16.4%.

At the other end of the scale, cyclists accounted for just 1.7% of the road accident deaths in Greece.