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Three times more men than women died on Finland's roads in May

Report reveals that 18 people were killed and more than 400 injured in traffic accidents in May.

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Statistics Finland's report reveals that men continue to be involved in the majority of car crashes in Finland. Image: Kalle Parkkinen / Lehtikuva

There were 339 road traffic incidents in Finland during the month of May 2019, according to preliminary data released by Statistics Finland. This resulted in a total of 407 injuries and 18 deaths, of which 14 were men and four were women.

Nine of the fatalities involved private car collisions, two resulted from motorcycle crashes, and one death was attributed to an accident involving a truck. Furthermore, five cyclists were killed during May, as well as one pedestrian.

Earlier this year, a study by the Finnish Road Safety Council found that young men were disproportionately represented in car crash figures, with the number of accidents involving 15-24-year-old males especially high. These latest statistics are in keeping with an ongoing trend of men being three times more likely to be killed on Finland's roads than women.

The figures for this year did however show an improvement on the 15 deaths and 541 injuries that were reported in May 2018.

The report by Statistics Finland also revealed that there were more than 1,350 road accidents from January to May this year, leading to 75 deaths and over 1,700 injuries.

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