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US states strengthen alcohol interlock laws

US states strengthen alcohol interlock laws

The US state of Pennsylvania has mandated alcohol interlocks for first time drink driving offenders. Meanwhile Virginia has set new requirements for the devices to be fitted with cameras to ensure the driver is the one taking the breath test before starting the engine. Pennsylvania’s alcohol interlock law previously applied to repeat offenders – the changes mean that first time offenders can also face the requirement. The law is expected to come into force next year. The campaign group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) […]

Lithuania to trial alcohol interlocks on school busses

Lithuania to trial alcohol interlocks on school busses

Lithuania is to trial installation of alcohol interlocks on school busses. The trial, on 10 busses in one school district, will be rolled out to other regions if successful, according to the transport ministry. The move follows similar requirements introduced nationally in France and Finland. The Belgian government has also said it favours the devices for use in public transport.

21 March 2016 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving? – Athens

21 March 2016 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving? – Athens

Monday 21 March 2016, 09:00-13:30. Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Anastaseos 2, Pappagos Cholargos 156 69 – Athens, Greece The European Transport Safety Council, together with the Road Safety Institute (RSI) Panos Mylonas organised a round-table event at the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks to raise awareness  amongst policy makers, the private sector and key opinion leaders of how to strenghten a systemic approach to reduce alcohol misuse in road transport. The event focused on measures to tackle drink driving […]

05 February 2016 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving? – Ljubljana

05 February 2016 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving? – Ljubljana

Friday 05 February 2016, 09:00-13:00. Slovenian National Assembly, Šubičeva ulica 4, p. 636 – SI-1102 Ljubljana. The European Transport Safety Council, together with the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency, organised a round-table event at the National Assembly in Ljubljana to raise awareness  amongst policy makers, the private sector and key opinion leaders of how to develop and strenghten a systemic approach to reduce alcohol misuse in road transport. The event focussed on measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of alcohol interlocks, research […]

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

Belgium announces lower drink drive limit for young drivers, alcohol interlocks on buses

The Belgian government is to follow France with the introduction of a 0.2 g/l blood alcohol limit for young and novice drivers as well requiring alcohol interlocks for vehicles used in public transport. France’s lower BAC limit came into force in July and the country’s alcohol interlock requirements were extended to all coaches from September. Previously they were only required on coaches carrying school children.  Urban buses are excluded from the measure. The new Belgian measures are part of a 15-point road safety plan […]

Estonia targets repeat drink driving offenders

Estonia targets repeat drink driving offenders

The Estonian ministry of justice presented new proposals in October aimed at reducing repeat drink driving offences. The measures, including tougher penalties, also include provisions for banned drivers to follow rehabilitation programmes and install alcohol interlocks. The government is also considering extending responsibility for drink driving offences to passengers in the car, if proven that they knew the driver was over the limit.

14 October 2015 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, London

14 October 2015 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, London

14 October 2015, 14:00-17:00 European Commission Representation, Europe House 32 Smith Sq. London, SW1P 3EU ETSC and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) organised a national conference on drink driving in London. The debate had the objective of addressing policy and practice on education, enforcement, penalties, rehabilitation, alcohol interlocks and other measures to discourage and prevent drink driving. A focus on the UK drink driving situation and the measures undertaken by the government were given by Elizabeth Shovelton from the Departement of Transport. The legislative […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

22 April 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving, Lisbon

22 April 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving, Lisbon

Wednesday 22 April 2015, 09:00-13:00. Portuguese Parliament, R. Imprensa a Estrela 6, 1200-661, Lisbon. The European Transport Safety Council, the Portuguese Ministry of Home Affairs/National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) and the Portuguese Road Safety Association (PRP) set-up a round-table event in Lisbon to discuss holistic approaches to addressing alcohol misuse in road transport. The event covered measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of alcohol interlocks, research findings and case studies from EU member states. The round-table discussion provided participants with the […]

Case Study – Arriva Denmark

Case Study – Arriva Denmark

Arriva Denmark is a major public transport operator in Denmark. In this interview, Jonas Billekop Heinrichs, explains how the company developed its road safety programme and, in particular, the decision to equip its buses with alcohol interlocks.

30 January 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving – a European approach, Vienna

30 January 2015 – Alcohol interlocks and the fight against drink-driving – a European approach, Vienna

30 January 2015. Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) The European Transport Safety Council, the Austrian Ministry of Transport Innovation and Technology and the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) held a round-table event in Vienna on a holistic approach to addressing alcohol misuse in road transport. The event covered measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of alcohol interlocks, research findings and case studies from EU member states. A round-table discussion offered participants the opportunity to talk to experts and exchange […]

Estonia promotes alcohol interlocks in public tenders

Estonia promotes alcohol interlocks in public tenders

The Estonian Road Administration has begun promoting the use of alcohol interlocks in public buses through the tendering process. In 2014, four tendering processes including the new criteria were carried out where additional points were awarded to bids that proposed bus services with vehicles fitted with standardised alcohol interlocks. As a result, 140 buses which are used for public passenger services are being equipped with alcohol interlocks as of next year.  Although alcohol interlocks for buses remain voluntary, the outcome of the latest tendering […]

Case Study – Alco Gates in Sweden

Sweden has long been a forerunner in the fight against drink driving. In 1999 the country was one of the first EU member states to introduce alcohol interlocks as part of rehabilitation programmes for drink drivers. In 2013, Sweden went a step further and ran a pilot project to introduce a fast-moving automated ‘Alco Gate’ at the Port of Gothenburg. This briefing explores the background to the project and its results, which could have positive future implications for drink driving policy in Sweden and […]

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

Two new reports are supportive of further measures to boost the use of alcohol interlocks in passenger and goods vehicles in the EU but stop short of recommending measures that would mandate mass adoption in the short term due mainly to cost concerns. ETSC says this approach is short-sighted because mandatory use for some categories of drivers and vehicles would drive innovation, bring down costs and save many more lives. Of the two studies, carried out by Italian consultancy TRT for the European Parliament […]

26 May 2014 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving, Warsaw

26 May 2014 – Alcohol interlocks: towards a European approach for the fight against drink-driving, Warsaw

ETSC, The Polish National Road Safety Council and the Polish Motor Transport Institute (ITS) held a round-table event in Warsaw with the aim to raise awareness amongst policy makers, the private sector and key opinion leaders of how to develop a systemic approach to reduce alcohol misuse in road transport. Measures to tackle drink driving such as the use of alcohol interlocks, enforcement, the BAC limit and how to target novice drivers, were on the agenda. Presentations from the event Polish National Road Safety Programme […]

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

A survey by ETSC of the main political groups in the European Parliament ahead of this month’s elections has found universal support for measures to cut deaths and the more than 300,000 serious injuries that occur on Europe’s roads each year. But the research also revealed differences across the political spectrum on which road safety measures should be introduced at the European level. ETSC welcomed the support for concrete measures to cut serious injuries, which have been falling at a slower rate than deaths. The […]

Opinion: EU legislation needed on drink-driving

Opinion: EU legislation needed on drink-driving

This article, by ETSC’s Executive Director Antonio Avenoso, was first published in the European Voice. The town of Kamienn Pomorski in Poland is still in shock following a tragedy that took place on New Year’s Day. A 26-year-old drunk driver drove his BMW into a crowd of people, killing six. One boy who was seriously injured lost both his parents and his brother. The incident has provoked media outrage and a huge public debate in Poland. But the European Union too must take note and […]

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