Improved vehicle safety and stricter enforcement has seen road deaths plummet across the EU

Road traffic collisions in Europe killed 12,000 people in 2012, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), a non-governmental organisa(...)

The European Transport Safety Council reports that 12,345 car occupants in the EU were killed in 2012. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

More than 12,000 people were killed in car crashes in the European Union in 2012, according to European transport safety campaigners. In(...)

Cars driving along a highway in Berlin, Germany. The German Social Democrats (SPD) are proposing a nationwide limit of 120 km/h on all highways. Germany, in contrast to the rest of Europe, still has no speed limit on many portions of its large highways. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

There are many rites of passage in Germany, such as encountering public nudity in parks or open-ended drinking in pubs. But none is quite as ha(...)