Due to the economic crisis and reduced traffic, the number of road accidents has dropped - if not throughout the country, then surely in western Greece. According to the local police department, 29 severe road accidents happened there in December 2011, while in December 2010, there were 57. In terms of statistics, this means that road accidents have dropped by 49%.
A survey conducted by the same police department from 2008 to 2011 shows that cities are more dangerous for drivers than highways are. Half of the serious accidents occurred there and the other half happened on highways, interurban and country roads. The main causes of accidents are failure to comply with traffic signs, failure to yield the right of way, high speed, driver distraction and use of alcohol.
Statistics show that the most dangerous day for driving is Saturday, when 17% of car crashes occur. 15% of accidents are concentrated on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and the safest day for driving is Wednesday. The night hours from 10 pm to 5 am are the most risky, because 34% of crashes happen in that time range. This is followed by the evening hours from 5 pm to 10 pm with 31% of car crashes.