2009 saw the lowest number of road deaths ever in Copenhagen. Only five people lost their lives in Copenhagen traffic compared with 16 in 2008.
This year seems to continue the trend, with only two deaths so far.
Nonetheless, Mayor for Technical and Environmental Issues Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard says that the goal is zero road deaths in the capital, requiring a reduction in the speed limit to 40 km/h. Police authorities, however, are against the idea.
Kjeldgaard and Lord Mayor Frank Jensen recently held a meeting with the police during which the police rejected the council’s proposal for a 40 km/h speed limit.
“I think the police is acting as a political authority. This should be a council decision,” says Kjeldgaard.