MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. The number of children killed in car accidents across Russia over the latest nine months of this year (426) is less than the same time period last year, Deputy Head of the Russian State Road Safety Inspectorate Vladimir Kuzmin said at a TASS press conference on Thursday.
“Over the past years, a shift in the stats of traffic accidents took place amid the general decline of accidents on Russia’s roads and the decrease in mortality rates. If we take into account last year’s number when 628 children lost their lives, this year 426 child deaths occurred over nine months, with more than 15,000 car accidents involving children. It should be noted that the number of those killed decreased more than 15% as compared to last year," he said. Kuzmin noted that, though child mortality rates on Russia’s roads fell, these figures are still unacceptably high.