17 November 2017 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Vienna

17 November 2017, 09:00-13:00
Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit)
Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) organised a seminar on drug driving on 17 November in Vienna, Austria.

Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Austria, 7% of drivers have admitted to have driven under the influence of drugs. The prevalence of illicit drugs amongst killed drivers has been estimated at around 8% in some European countries.

New ways of tackling drug driving are being developed and implemented across Europe. New enforcement strategies and improved detection technologies, combined with more effective penalties and rehabilitation courses, are all helping to create a more comprehensive approach.

During the seminar, an overview of the current state of drug driving in Austria and the EU was presented. Experts from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands also shared their experiences with implementing drug driving laws, while measures to tackle drug driving in Austria were subsequently discussed.

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Presentations

Road Safety in the European Union and in Austria | Dr. Eva Eichinger-Vill, Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit)

Preventing Drug Driving in Europe | Antonio Avenoso, European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)

Study Drug Driving in Austria: Road Users under Influence of Drugs | Mag. Christoph Feymann, Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV)

Report on Pre-Test Machines used in Austria | Oberst Wolfgang Schererbauer, BA, Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI)

Drug Driving in the Netherlands | Frank Mütze (ETSC), on behalf of SWOV

Implementing New Drug Driving Legislation in the UK | Glyn Wallis-Jones, UK´s Department for Transport

ETSC is grateful to Securetec for the financial support for this event.

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