Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The number of warning messages about dangers in road traffic fell last year due to the corona pandemic.

This emerges from the annual report of the traffic warning service, which the Interior Ministry presented on Wednesday.

According to this, there were almost 46,800 traffic warnings in the southwest in 2020, almost 4400 fewer than in the previous year.

"Corona has changed everything: much more home office, contact restrictions, limited opportunities for spending free time - all of this has also changed mobility," said Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU).

The lower volume of traffic during the pandemic has had an impact, especially on the motorways.

Almost 30,300 warning messages were issued for these roads in the Southwest in 2020.

In the previous year, however, this number was 34,600. The federal highways in the state appeared almost 11,500 times in the warning messages in 2020.

In 2019 that number was close to 11,800.

According to the ministry, the longest traffic jam with a length of 30 kilometers was registered last October on the A6 Nuremberg - Mannheim near Bad Rappenau (Heilbronn district) after a traffic accident with several injuries.

«If the traffic slows down or a traffic jam develops: Always create an emergency lane.

They make the rescue workers' work easier and help save lives, ”said Strobl.

Seconds often counted in rescue operations.


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