A total of 293 people died in May on the roads of mainland France, up 21% compared to the same month in 2019, the reference year before the pandemic, Road Safety announced on Tuesday.

The increase is 36% compared to May 2021, a month which had been marked by certain travel restrictions due to the health crisis.

The mortality of cyclists – with 22 deaths – has almost quadrupled compared to 2019, and that of motorized two-wheeler drivers (92 deaths) almost doubled.

Worrying figures

"The figures (from May) are very worrying and call for awareness on the part of all road users to reverse this curve, since it has been two months in a row that we have seen a deterioration", commented David Julliard, Deputy to the Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety.

In May, the increase is 36% compared to the same month last year (216), marked by certain travel restrictions due to the health crisis.

In May 2022, "travel is up by 10% on average compared to May 2021 according to Cerema" (Centre for studies and expertise on risks, the environment, mobility and planning), specifies road safety.

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