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Swiss seat belt wearing rates not improving

Swiss seat belt wearing rates not improving

The latest survey by ETSC’s Swiss member bfu has found that seat belt wearing rates in Switzerland decreased slightly last year and that only three-quarters of rear seat passengers are belting up. 93% of drivers comply with the requirement to wear a seat belt, compared to 94% last year according to the survey. But only 76% of rear seat passengers belt up, compared to 77% last year – a figure the organisation finds to be ‘inadequate, and rather surprising because the protective effect of […]

New study confirms real-world safety benefits of autonomous emergency braking

New study confirms real-world safety benefits of autonomous emergency braking

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems on current model passenger cars reduce rear-end collisions by 38 percent according to new research based on real-world data. Autonomous Emergency Braking is becoming increasingly common on modern passenger cars. The low speed option normally consists of an automatic brake function that operates for speeds up to 30km/h or 50km/h. Previous studies have predicted significant expected benefits of AEB technology in low speed rear-end crashes but this study combined real-world data from five European countries and Australia to examine […]

UK road safety leadership ‘weak and fragmented’

UK road safety leadership ‘weak and fragmented’

Road safety has been pushed down the UK political agenda to a disproportionate extent according to a review of the UK coalition government’s road safety strategy 2010-2015 by ETSC’s member PACTS and the RAC Foundation. Road safety leadership and strategy at the UK level was seen by local authorities and stakeholders as ‘weak and fragmented’ according to the review. The absence of national road casualty reduction targets for England and Great Britain was seen as a key reason for a lack of focus on […]

Commission road safety policy review lacks timetable and action on drink driving

Commission road safety policy review lacks timetable and action on drink driving

The European Commission has published its review of the ‘Road Safety Policy Orientations’ (RSPO), a strategy published in 2010 with the objective of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020. The progress report consists of a set of three documents: a European Commission Staff Working Document, an Interim Evaluation Report and a study commissioned to independent expert Jeanne Breen. ETSC welcomed some of the key priorities of the review including infrastructure safety, vulnerable road users, vehicle safety and traffic law enforcement. However, there a […]

Roads marked with excuses

A new campaign video from Romania urges pedestrians to find a safe place to cross the road. Prior to making the film, an opinion survey was carried out asking people why they chose to cross at dangerous locations. The excuses given such as ‘I’m in a hurry’ and ‘I’m impatient’ are shown painted on the road instead of zebra crossings. The campaign, which translates as ‘Don’t cross over (to the other side) – Choose Life’, was produced by the Romanian traffic police. 40% of […]

London buses get second ISA trial

London buses get second ISA trial

47 London buses covering two routes will be fitted with ISA technology as part of the second major trial of the system in the UK capital. More than 1,800 people have been killed or badly hurt by London buses over a five-year period. The move has been welcomed by pedestrian campaigners. Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London, said: ‘Intelligent Speed Adaptation improves road safety by reducing incidences of speeding for all road users, allowing drivers to focus on looking […]

Poland seventh EU country to require interlocks for convicted drink drivers

Poland seventh EU country to require interlocks for convicted drink drivers

Poland is the latest European country to require convicted drink driving offenders to install an alcohol interlock if they wish to get back behind the wheel. The country joins Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands and Sweden, all of which now have rehabilitation programmes with interlocks backed by the courts. Poland’s new measures came into force on 18 May. Austria, Norway and Switzerland are in the process of preparing similar legislation, and Germany announced a trial programme in February, but no further details have […]

Pressure to cut BAC limits in England and Wales as France toughens limit for young drivers

Pressure to cut BAC limits in England and Wales as France toughens limit for young drivers

England and Wales are under pressure to match Scotland’s successful move last year from a 0.8g/l general blood alcohol limit for drivers to 0.5. Meanwhile the French government will officially lower the limit for novice drivers from 0.5 to 0.2 from 1 July. Victoria Martin, a senior police inspector at the Police Federation of England and Wales, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: “We would like to see a lower drink-drive limit, as most other European countries have, as well as Scotland, which saw a […]

European Parliament calls for new EU alcohol strategy

European Parliament calls for new EU alcohol strategy

Members of the European Parliament passed a resolution in April calling on the European Commission to come forward with a comprehensive new long term strategy to tackle the impacts of alcohol on health. The last EU-wide programme ended in 2012 and has not been replaced. Amongst the new measures listed in the resolution, MEPs called for support for member states on collecting reliable data and running communication campaigns on drink driving as well as asking the European Commission to consider EU-wide labelling alerting consumers […]

Alcohol interlock programme ‘effective’ in Michigan

Alcohol interlock programme ‘effective’ in Michigan

The first four years of an alcohol-interlock linked rehabilitation programme for drink driving offenders in the US state of Michigan has been a ‘significant success’, according to a new study. The report showed that interlock programme participants have the lowest recidivism rates for operating under the influence of alcohol one, two and three years after the initial conviction for a repeat drink driving charge in comparison to the offenders who didn’t have to fit an interlock. The research also found that 97% complied with […]

US study shows economic benefits of cutting drink driving deaths

US study shows economic benefits of cutting drink driving deaths

A new analysis published in the medical journal Injury Prevention shows the very significant benefits of preventing drink driving collisions on a national economy. Using an economic model developed by Rutgers University, the authors found that reductions in alcohol-involved crashes since the middle of the 1980s increased economic output in 2010 by an estimated $20 billion, raised GDP by $10 billion, increased US income by $6.5 billion, and created 215 000 jobs. The study also says that every mile driven by an alcohol-impaired driver in […]

Report warns on alcohol brand exposure at Formula 1 races

Report warns on alcohol brand exposure at Formula 1 races

A study by Britain’s Institute of Alcohol Studies and Australia’s Monash University for the European Alcohol Policy Alliance network Eurocare says viewers of the 2014 Monaco Formula One race were exposed to alcohol brand images 11 times every minute. The authors conclude that F1 racing has the highest level of alcohol brand exposure of any sports event reported in peer reviewed literature. They argue that such exposure, during the world’s most prominent motor racing event, contradicts the spirit of the current EU regulations on […]

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK

EU road safety targets at risk as deaths increase in France, Germany and UK

Worst annual reduction in EU road deaths since 2001 25,845 people killed on roads in EU28 in 2014 as a consequence of road collisions (decrease of just 0.6% compared to 2013) Almost 8% reduction now needed every year between 2015 and 2020 in order to reach the EU target for 2020 to halve the number of road deaths compared to 2010 203,500 people recorded as seriously injured by the police in the 23 EU countries that distinguish between serious and slightly injured in their […]

Commission road safety review leaves out serious injury target

Commission road safety review leaves out serious injury target

A long-promised EU strategic target to reduce serious road injuries has been dropped from a major European Commission review of the region’s road safety policy published yesterday. The European Transport Safety Council is calling on ministers at today’s Transport Council meeting in Luxembourg, to ask the Commission to come forward with the target as promised. ETSC’s analysis shows that more than 200,000 people suffered life-changing injuries in road collisions last year – an increase of 3% since 2013. The watered-down language published in a […]

Call for Juncker to reverse decision to drop serious road injury target

Call for Juncker to reverse decision to drop serious road injury target

More than 70 experts and representatives of road safety organisations and victims groups from across Europe together with 12 members of the European Parliament have written to President Jean-Claude Juncker urging him to reverse a decision to drop the announcement of a new EU target to cut serious road injuries. The letter was sent yesterday, ahead of Thursday’s meeting of national transport ministers in Luxembourg where the target was set to be announced.  The European Transport Safety Council has learnt that the announcement of […]

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

138,400 pedestrians and cyclists killed in road traffic over twelve years EU set to review motor vehicle safety rules: campaigners call for new safety technologies to be fitted as standard – pedestrian protection tests for new cars should be upgraded and extended to protection for cyclists EU member states should implement 30 km/h zones in residential areas 7,600 people died in road traffic while cycling or walking in the EU in 2013 according to new research: the equivalent of a commercial airliner full of […]

Bulc: “We will and we must continue to take steps to tackle drink driving”

Bulc: “We will and we must continue to take steps to tackle drink driving”

The European Commissioner for Transport Violetta Bulc has spoken in support of further steps to tackle drink driving in Europe. Speaking in a pre-recorded video statement for an event in the European Parliament today she reiterated her earlier promise that road safety would be one of the ‘top priorities’ of her mandate. But while pointing out that across the EU drink driving “is responsible for a quarter of road deaths” she also admitted that Europe is “behind” on use of technology that can tackle […]

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2015

2 June 2015 is International Level Crossing Awareness Day. Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said: “It is wrong that hundreds are still dying unnecessarily every year in Europe at level crossings. In the long run, we need to replace them with bridges and underpasses. But right now, much more can be done. High-risk level crossings must be identified from the data and prioritised for infrastructure improvements. And we need better enforcement and education to get the message across that level crossings can still […]

Civil society groups form ‘Better Regulation’ Watchdog to protect citizen, worker and consumer rights

Civil society groups form ‘Better Regulation’ Watchdog to protect citizen, worker and consumer rights

More than 50 civil society organisations, including ETSC, have joined forces to create the ‘Better Regulation Watchdog’ – a network to protect citizens’, workers’ and consumers’ rights. The network was launched today in Brussels, one day ahead of the expected announcement of the European Commission’s so-called ‘Better Regulation’ reforms. The network of organisations from around Europe is concerned that the ‘Better Regulation’ agenda aims to weaken or undermine essential regulations and subordinate the public good to corporate interests. The creation of the network is […]

EU driving license changes give a boost for alcohol interlocks

EU driving license changes give a boost for alcohol interlocks

A harmonised EU code on alcohol interlock devices for driving licences comes into force on 15 May in a move that could help boost usage and enforcement of the technology across Europe. Several countries in the EU including Sweden, Finland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands have laws requiring drink driving offenders to install alcohol interlocks in their vehicles. The devices prevent the vehicle from being driven if the driver has been drinking. 6500 deaths could be prevented annually if drink driving was eliminated in […]

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