Seat Belts

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

Spain has installed 225 new safety cameras this month that can detect whether or not drivers are wearing a seat belt. The cameras are being installed at high-risk sites and areas with high traffic concentration. For the first two months after the launch, drivers pictured without a seat belt will be sent a warning letter. After that, fines of EUR 200 will be issued along with the loss of three driving license points. According to official figures for 2015, 22% of deaths on inter-urban […]

Experts underline importance of Seat Belt Reminder systems in new video

A new film from ETSC calls on the European Commission to require the fitting of Seat Belt Reminder Systems in all passenger seats in new cars when it reviews vehicle safety regulations later this year. The short video highlights the critical importance of seat belt wearing to prevent serious injury and death and cites research showing that up to a quarter of rear seat passengers are still failing to belt up. Seat Belt Reminder systems are already required on drivers’ seats thanks to the […]

13 October 2015 – Fitting Safety as Standard

13 October 2015 – Fitting Safety as Standard

Seatbelt reminders and EU vehicle safety legislation 08:00 – 09:00, Breakfast debate, Members’ Salon, European Parliament, Brussels This event was kindly hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP. 500 people die on EU roads every week and road collisions remain the single biggest non-health-related cause of death in Europe. But many of these tragedies could be prevented through the standard-fitting of innovative safety technologies being designed and developed in Europe such as audio-visual Seat Belt Reminder systems. Already required for driver seats on new cars, simply adding […]

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 survey reveals many Europeans still don’t take seatbelt laws seriously

New survey reveals many Europeans still don’t take seatbelt laws seriously

A new survey on seat belt use in Europe has revealed large numbers are still failing to belt up, despite the risks. The pan-European survey,  sponsored by Ford and published earlier this month, found that 1 in 3 admit to not wearing a seat belt in rear seats. One in four drivers also said they did not insist on rear seat passengers belting up. The survey of people in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the UK also showed that those in Romania […]

Ranking EU Progress on Improving Motorway Safety (PIN Flash 28)

Ranking EU Progress on Improving Motorway Safety (PIN Flash 28)

Motorways are the safest roads by design and regulation. Nevertheless in 2013, around 1,900 people were killed on the motorway network in the EU, representing 7% of all road deaths. Nearly 27,500 people have died on motorways in the EU in the last ten years 2004 to 2013. Nevertheless progress has been made. Across the EU the number of people killed on motorways was cut by 49% between 2004 and 2013 (compared to 44% on the rest of the road network). Over the same […]

Opinion: An opportunity for the EU to show it can have a positive impact on all our lives

Opinion: An opportunity for the EU to show it can have a positive impact on all our lives

by Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director Amidst the screaming headlines surrounding the possibility of an outbreak of Ebola in Europe over the last few weeks, I can’t help but question our society’s perception of risk. Less than a handful of people have died from Ebola in Europe and those that tragically have were all medical staff in direct contact with sufferers. The WHO maintains that a major outbreak in Western Europe is ‘unlikely’. But every week in Europe, on average, 500 people die on our […]

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

12,000 killed in cars in EU in 2012

Seat-belt reminder alerts in all car seats could save 900 lives a year Spain and Latvia make biggest progress in cutting car deaths Transport safety campaigners are calling on the European Union to accelerate progress on reducing the number of people killed in cars every year in the EU, as new research shows 12,345 car occupants were fatally injured in 2012. The report into trends in car occupant safety, published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), found that 900 lives could be […]

Traffic Law Enforcement Across the EU

Traffic Law Enforcement Across the EU

Tackling the three main killers on Europe’s roads The core of this publication is the benchmarking of countries’ performance in the area of enforcement, but good practice examples from Member States are highlighted as well. In the area of driver behaviour, the following 3 “main killers” are covered: Speed Non-use of seat belts Drink driving. Police forces also enforce offences that are not mentioned in this document such as use of mobile phones, drug, fatigue, non-use of helmets, working time, child seats etc, due mainly to missing data and analysis. Road collisions are […]

4th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

4th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This 4th PIN Report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in five areas of road safety. It builds on the three previous Road Safety PIN Reports published in June 2007, 2008 and 2009. It shows how countries have progressed in reducing road deaths and serious injuries since 2001. It also shows how countries perform in tackling the three main killers on the roads: speeding, drink driving and failure to wear a seat belt. These rankings have been carried out during the fourth year […]

How Can In-Vehicle Safety Equipment Improve Road Safety at Work?

How Can In-Vehicle Safety Equipment Improve Road Safety at Work?

This first thematic report aims to present how in-vehicle safety equipment can improve and manage work related road safety. This report addresses all employers managing all types of vehicle from public authorities, vehicle leasing suppliers, small two car delivery companies to large international companies and also vehicle manufacturers.

A Blueprint for 4th Road Safety Action Programme for the EU 2010-2020

A Blueprint for 4th Road Safety Action Programme for the EU 2010-2020

This paper presents new ideas for European action to save lives on Europe’s roads for the decade ahead. The year 2010 is a deadline for both reaching the EU’s target of halving road deaths (set in 2001) and the end of the 3rd Road Safety Action Programme (adopted in 2003). The EU will probably not reach the target and serious lessons must be drawn from the past ten years. New targets must be set for 2020 which will mobilise action at a joint European […]

1st Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

1st Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in five areas of road safety. It shows how countries have progressed in reducing annual numbers of road deaths between 2001 and 2005, and how they perform in the three key areas of road user behaviour: seat belt use, drink driving and speed. It also gives an overview of the penetration of state-of-the-art seat belt reminders into new passenger cars sold in European countries. The relevant rankings have been carried out under the Road Safety […]

Seat Belt Reminders

Seat Belt Reminders

Implementing advanced safety technology in Europe’s cars This ETSC Policy Paper on “Seat Belt Reminders – Implementing advanced safety technology in Europe’s cars” brings together evidence on how the development and introduction of seat belt reminders can contribute to saving lives in Europe. It aims to promote this innovative enforcement solution among manufacturers and policy makers, showing that it helps to maximise casualty reduction. The Policy Paper shows that the level of seat belt use varies considerably among EU countries, despite the fact that […]

Traffic Law Enforcement across the EU

Traffic Law Enforcement across the EU

An overview This report is the result of ETSC´s “Traffic Law Enforcement Programme”. It monitors enforcement practices in the EU in order to stimulate best practice exchange and identify further needs. It focuses on police enforcement in the field of speeding, drink driving and seat belt use and examines the implementation of the European Commission’s Recommendation on traffic law enforcement (EC 2004). In this Recommendation EU countries were asked to apply in a national enforcement plan what is known to be best practice in the […]

In-Car Enforcement Technologies Today

In-Car Enforcement Technologies Today

This ETSC Policy Paper on “In-Car Enforcement Technologies Today” brings together evidence on how the development and introduction of three “compliance enhancing in-car technologies” can contribute to saving lives in Europe. It aims to promote innovative enforcement solutions, amongst manufacturers and policymakers, that help to reduce the collision frequency, maximise casualty reduction and minimise injury risks. The three areas prioritised in the EC Recommendation on Enforcement in the Field of Traffic Law are speeding, drink driving and seat-belt use. This Policy Paper identifies three […]

Cost Effective EU Transport Safety Measures

Cost Effective EU Transport Safety Measures

Transport crashes in the EU killed about 39,200 EU citizens in 2001, caused over 3.3 million casualties and cost over 180 billion Euros, around twice the total EU budget for all activity. The European Transport Safety Council has brought together independent experts from across the EU to identify a series of cost-effective EU transport safety measures which, if applied, could give a substantial contribution to the reduction of the number and severity of transport crashes in the European Union. This ETSC Review is of […]

#Spain: 7 in 10 drivers don't respect speed limits around schools, parks and residential areas https://t.co/r8aI1ljjFG @fmapfre2 months ago
Great to see @WHO endorsing Intelligent Speed Assistance as a key technology for tackling road deaths.… https://t.co/VMp8YwqOQQ2 months ago
It's UN Road Safety Week @UNGRSW. Pledge to #SlowDown and Save Lives. Here's a technology that can help.… https://t.co/0HPxbgyqNz2 months ago
RT @4roadsafety: Lord Robertson welcomes the launch of the Global Network for #roadsafety Legislators & the Manifesto #4RoadSafety https://…2 months ago
RT @WHO_Europe: Road traffic injuries are the leading killer among children and young people aged 5–29 years #SlowDown2 months ago
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