Alcohol Interlocks

20 February 2018 – Reducing Drink Driving in Europe, European Parliament, Brussels

Lunch debate, Members’ Salon, European Parliament, 20 February 2018, 12:30 – 14:30 This event was kindly hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP. Up to a quarter of the 26,000 deaths on European roads each year are estimated to be alcohol-related. Improved enforcement, lower blood alcohol limits, alcohol interlocks, awareness campaigns and rehabilitation programmes are some of the measures in place across Europe to tackle the scourge. But for the European Union to meet its road safety targets, more will need to be done in the near […]

Call for mandatory alcohol interlocks in vans, lorries and buses across the EU

Call for mandatory alcohol interlocks in vans, lorries and buses across the EU

New report shows more than 5000 deaths a year in EU still caused by drink-driving Member States asked to increase enforcement and introduce rehabilitation programmes for drink-driving offenders The EU should require alcohol interlocks to be fitted in all new professional vehicles and retrofitted to cars used by repeat drink-driving offenders. These are two of the main recommendations from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), authors of a new report looking at how to reduce the 5000 deaths still caused by drink-driving in the […]

Progress in Reducing Drink Driving in Europe

Progress in Reducing Drink Driving in Europe

This report aims to provide an updated overview of the drink driving situation in Europe, covering 32 countries: the 28 member states of the European Union together with Israel, Norway, the Republic of Serbia and Switzerland. It looks at country progress in reducing road deaths attributed to drink driving over the past decade. The report highlights specific legislation and enforcement measures from across Europe. A range of recommendations concerning further improvements in tackling drink driving are made to Member States and the EU institutions […]

Safer speed limits and boost for alcohol interlocks as France announces major road safety push

Safer speed limits and boost for alcohol interlocks as France announces major road safety push

Two lane roads with no separating guard rail in France will have their default speed limit reduced from 90 to 80 km/h and alcohol interlocks will be required for recidivist drink driving offenders as part of the French government’s latest road safety crack-down. The measures, announced by the Prime Minister earlier this month, also include the possibility of suspending the license of a driver using a mobile phone at the wheel. The 80km/h limit has led to a backlash from motoring groups and on […]

Austria launches alcohol interlock rehabilitation programme

Austria launches alcohol interlock rehabilitation programme

Austria has launched a voluntary rehabilitation programme for drink driving offenders using alcohol interlocks following successful trials run in 2012 and 2013. Convicted drink drivers can opt in to the scheme to enable them to get back behind the wheel when they have completed half of their driving ban period (subject to a minimum of four months).  The programme, which launched in September, is the first to require participants to meet regularly with a mentor. Data from the devices will be monitored and violations […]

Swedish government backs research project to develop next generation interlocks

Swedish government backs research project to develop next generation interlocks

A new project launched by the Swedish Transport Administration and the police is investigating future technological solutions to prevent drink driving. The project will investigate in-car sensors that can check alcohol levels through a simple touch or by detecting the driver’s breath circulating in the vehicle.  The transport administration says such technologies have the potential to free up police from carrying out time intensive road side breath tests. The new sensor project has just begun and is expected to be completed by 2021. About a […]

Finland: overwhelming majority support in-car technology to prevent drink driving

Finland: overwhelming majority support in-car technology to prevent drink driving

A survey carried out for ETSC’s Finnish member Liikenneturva has found that nine out of ten Finns have a positive view of in-car technology that can prevent drink driving such as alcohol interlocks. Finland has had a nationwide rehabilitation programme for drink drivers, coupled with the use of alcohol interlocks fitted in offenders’ vehicles since 2008. A 2013 evaluation found the effects on participants to be positive and that the programme has prevented 12,000 instances of driving under the influence of alcohol. The poll […]

17 October 2017 – Alcohol interlocks for drink driving offenders: what can Switzerland learn from other countries?

17 October 2017 – Alcohol interlocks for drink driving offenders: what can Switzerland learn from other countries?

17 October 2017, 10:00 – 13:00 bfu/bpa Conference Room Hodlerstrasse 5a, 3011 Bern, Switzerland The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu/bpa) organised the Safe and Sober Talk “Alcohol interlocks for drink driving offenders: what can Switzerland learn from other countries?” on 17 October 2017. During the Safe an Sober Talk, the use of alcohol interlocks as part of rehabilitation programmes was discussed with representatives from the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO/ASTRA), the Road Traffic Office of the Canton […]

5 October 2017 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Helsinki

5 October 2017 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Helsinki

European Commission Representation to Finland, Helsinki 5th of October 2017, 9:00 – 13:00 The Finnish Transport Safety Agency and Liikenneturva, together with ETSC, are holding an international conference on tackling drink-driving as part of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project. Representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, national Police and medical environment will be attending and animate the debate. Download the agenda here. Presentations Drink Driving in the EU, Antonio Avenoso – ETSC Experiences of Alcogates in Sweden, Liza Jakobsson – Swedish […]

10 July 2017 – Regional Road Safety Conference on Alcohol Interlocks, Belgrade

Hotel Holiday Inn, Str. Španskih boraca 74, Belgrade 10th of July 2017, 9:00 – 16:00 The European Transport Safety Council together with the Road Traffic Safety Agency of the Republic of Serbia organised a Safe and Sober national event in Belgrade on the 10th of July 2017. The event gathered representatives from the Ministry of Interior and the National Traffic Police, as well as the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia to discuss how to develop a systematic approach to reduce alcohol misuse in […]

4 July 2017 – Alcohol Interlocks: Towards a European Approach for the fight against drink driving, Edinburgh

4 July 2017 – Alcohol Interlocks: Towards a European Approach for the fight against drink driving, Edinburgh

Traffic Control Centre, 21 Ferrymuir Gait South Queensferry, Edinburgh 4th of July 2017, 9:00 – 13:00 The European Transport Safety Council, together with the Road Safety Scotland and the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) have the pleasure of inviting you to a round-table event  to raise awareness amongst policy makers, the private sector and key opinion leaders on how to develop a systematic approach to reduce alcohol misuse in road transport. Measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of […]

Award-winning Switzerland u-turns on alcohol interlocks

Award-winning Switzerland u-turns on alcohol interlocks

Switzerland has announced plans to cancel implementation of an alcohol interlock programme for convicted drink drivers one week after receiving ETSC’s PIN Award for long-term efforts to reduce road safety. In a report published on 28 June, the Swiss government published a report showing its Via Secura programme had been successful in cutting collisions. At the same the government announced that it was cancelling plans to introduce an alcohol interlock programme for drink driving offenders in 2019 citing cost concerns. The announcement came just […]

Alcohol interlock programmes finally get a boost in France

Alcohol interlock programmes finally get a boost in France

Three French départements are trialling wider use of alcohol interlocks in the fight against drink driving offences. Drivers who have had their license suspended for a drink driving offence will be able to get back behind the wheel if they agree to install an alcohol interlock at their own expense and to accept medical and psychological check-ups. The programme, which requires authorisation of a doctor and the local administrator responsible for driving licenses, should lead to more drivers using the devices. Judges in criminal […]

Irish drink driving law delayed after pressure from pub owners

Irish drink driving law delayed after pressure from pub owners

The Irish transport minister Shane Ross has criticised pub owners for pressure which has led to delays in the passing of a new drink driving law in the Irish parliament. The new proposals, announced earlier this year, would see drivers caught with a blood alcohol level between the legal limit of 0.5g/l and 0.8g/l receiving an automatic three month ban. Under current laws such drivers receive only penalty points and a fine, with bans only automatically issued for drivers found with higher BAC levels.  […]

Alcohol interlocks and drink driving rehabilitation in the EU – Guidelines for Member States

Alcohol interlocks and drink driving rehabilitation in the EU – Guidelines for Member States

Across Europe there is still a group of hard core drink driving offenders that seem unwilling or unable to change their behaviour despite the use of traditional countermeasures such as awareness campaigns, fines and driving bans. For this group, the introduction of an alcohol interlock programme seems to be an effective measure. Studies have repeatedly shown that alcohol interlock programmes, combined with rehabilitation programmes, cut reoffending rates both during and after the driver has been required to install the device in their vehicle. This […]

Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

Commission outlines plans for safer cars, vans and lorries

The European Commission has published a list of 19 lifesaving safety technologies that could be made mandatory on new vehicles in the next update of EU vehicle safety rules expected next year.  The European Transport Safety Council welcomes the announcement but says several critical areas for action are missing, and the proposed timescale is far too long considering that most of the technologies are already available today. 26,000 people die on European Union roads annually, with at least 135,000 suffering life-changing injuries.  Progress on […]

Dutch attempt to unblock alcohol interlock programme

Dutch attempt to unblock alcohol interlock programme

A six-party coalition in the Netherlands is asking the government to find a solution to reopen the Dutch alcohol interlock programme to new participants after legal challenges put the scheme on hold last year. The Dutch programme began in 2011, and had more than 5000 participants by 2014. But a legal challenge last year resulted in the suspension of the programme after the Supreme Court concluded that the costs of participation, borne by the participants, came in addition to fines – an effective double […]

Austria prepares legal basis for alcohol interlocks

Austria prepares legal basis for alcohol interlocks

The Austrian government is updating its driver licensing laws in preparation for the launch of its alcohol interlock programme next year. Austria is the eighth EU member state to introduce the measure. The programme, which will run initially for a five-year period, was announced last summer, following successful trials. The legal changes also include separate measures targeted at young and novice drivers.  The driving license probationary period will be extended to three years from the current two.  In addition, moped riders will only be […]

Study confirms importance of coupling interlock programmes with rehabilitation courses

Study confirms importance of coupling interlock programmes with rehabilitation courses

A new report has confirmed that alcohol interlock programmes are most effective at reducing recidivism when combined with rehabilitation programmes. The study, published in Alcoholism: clinical & experimental research, found that in the 12-48 months following the removal of an alcohol interlock, recidivism by those drivers who had also followed an alcohol use disorder programme was 32% lower than those that had only used the interlock device. The research was based on data from the U.S. state of Florida’s alcohol interlock programme.  The Florida […]

29 November 2016 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Oslo

29 November 2016 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Oslo

The Norwegian Abstaining Motorists Association and the Norwegian Council for Road Safety, together with ETSC, held a national conference on tackling drink-driving as part of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project. The State Secretary from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mr Tom Cato Karlsen, as well as the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Norway, Ms Helen Campbell, were present and gave the welcoming speech. The debate addressed policy and practice on enforcement, penalties, rehabilitation, alcohol interlocks and other measures to discourage […]

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