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Driving under influence, road accidents on the rise

The number of road accidents rose 5% year-on-year in 2004, according to an annual report by the Central Statistics Office (KSH). Compared with the corresponding quarter of 2003, 20% more crashes occurred in Q1, which was followed by a slight decline between April and June. Accidents continued to increase to some degree in H2. Overall, driving under the influence caused 20% more accidents than in 2003. The total number of personal injuries was 28,000, and 1,300 people were killed. Serious casualties rose 3%, while lighter injuries increased by 6% year-on-year. After a promising decline in road accident statistics in the late 1990s, there have been more and more casualties and fatalities in Hungary since 2000.