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ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

ETSC outlines ways of reducing deaths in single motor vehicle collisions

A third of road deaths in the EU happen in collisions that involve a single motorised vehicle where the driver/rider and/or passengers are killed but no other road users are involved. These Single Vehicle Collisions (SVCs), and how to prevent them occurring, are the subject of a new report from ETSC, published today. Nearly 7300 road users lost their lives in 2015 in SVCs in the EU with around 100,000 such deaths occurring over the last ten years according to the data revealed in […]

Targeted safety measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers

Targeted safety measures needed to prevent road deaths among young drivers

Zero tolerance on drink driving, additional hazard perception training and graduated driver licensing schemes should become the norm in order to help tackle the disproportionate risks faced by young drivers and motorcycle riders in Europe, according to a new report. Over 3800 young people (aged 18-24) are killed each year on EU roads, the biggest single cause of death for this age group.  According to the report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), […]

Reducing casualties involving young drivers and riders in Europe

Reducing casualties involving young drivers and riders in Europe

Young drivers and riders aged 15-25 are more likely to be killed on Europe’s roads than their older counterparts, despite continued improvements in road safety. Road collisions remain one of the highest external causes of death for young people. The risks are especially high for young males and for young riders. This high collision risk is caused by a combination of factors. Biological and social changes between the ages of 15-25 affect the risk perception of young people and lead to an increase in […]

21 November 2016 – YEARS country seminar, Barcelona

21 November 2016 – YEARS country seminar, Barcelona

The Catalan Traffic Service and the European Transport Safety Council organised the first YEARS National event in Barcelona to debate on the dangers and policy recommendations for young road users in the European Union. Good practice and effective measures adopted by EU Member States were promoted and disseminated during the national conference in order to raise awareness among stakeholders and spur on national administrations to take action and reduce the number of young people killed on the roads. Download the agenda (in English) Download the agenda (in Spanish) Presentations […]

24 – 28 October 2016: YEARS CAMP, Brussels

24 – 28 October 2016: YEARS CAMP, Brussels

The YEARS Camp was held in Brussels from the 24th to the 28th of October. 11 groups of students from France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia were selected to participate at the YEARS competition and the one-week training with road safety experts. Each group has committed to carry out a local road safety campaign through the identification of a high risk site and a proposed low-cost solution to be submitted to the local authorities in order to have it implemented within one year. The […]

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

More than half of drivers go more than 10km/h too fast in 30 km/h school zones

An investigation by the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has found that 90% of drivers exceeded 30 km/h speed limits near schools with more than half travelling at 40km/h or more. In areas away from schools, drivers appeared more likely to stick to the limit. The BRSI says the zones need to be accompanied by infrastructure measures such as traffic humps. This is sometimes not the case for schools on main roads where, out of school hours, the limit can be up to 70 […]

ISA for kids

ISA for kids

A new mobile phone game launched by the Automobile Club of Romania is encouraging kids to tell their parents when they exceed the limit. Plimbă Ursul (Bear Driver) features a bus driven by a bear, collecting friendly animals from bus stops along his route.  Using GPS data, the game tracks the speed of the vehicle the child is travelling in, and warns if it is going too fast.  The child can then let the driver know – and if they don’t slow down, the […]

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

Extend young driver probation period says KFV

The Austrian road safety board, an ETSC member, says the novice driver probation period should be doubled to four years. In an interview with Austrian national radio, KFV’s director Othmar Thann said most collisions occur when the trial period ends. Mr Thann also warned that mobile phone use by young drivers is an increasing problem and should be tackled with training courses for those that are caught – similar to existing programmes for other driving offences. KFV also says the moped license needs revising, […]

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 […]

New project targets young road users

New project targets young road users

Reducing the dangers facing younger road users is the focus of a new ETSC project, known as YEARS, which was launched at an event in Brussels in October. The project, in partnership with technical universities across Europe, will work with students to develop projects in their local area aimed at improving the safety of young road users.  The project also aims to encourage policymakers to develop road safety policies that specifically target this group. Divera Twisk, an expert from the SWOV Institute for Road […]

19 October 2015 – Young road user risks: is age the only fix?

19 October 2015 – Young road user risks: is age the only fix?

The European Transport Safety Lecture 2015 Monday 19 October 2015, 17:00 Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels The European Transport Safety Council warmly invites you to the launch event of the YEARS project – which focusses on reducing dangers for young road users in Europe. The event will feature the 2015 European Transport Safety Lecture, this year given by Divera Twisk of SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands, followed by an expert panel discussion. Agenda Presentations Antonio Avenoso, ETSC […]

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Unilever Poland

Managing Road Risk at Work – Case Study: Unilever Poland

Case study: Unilever Poland ETSC’s PRAISE project addresses the safety aspects of driving at work and driving to work. Its aim is to promote best practice in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees. In this interview, Edyta Karpiuk-Jagodzinska, Safety, Health and Environment Coordinator for Poland and the Baltics at Unilever discusses how the organisation has integrated road safety into the heart of its operations. FACTFILE Company: Unilever Poland (2014 ETSC PRAISE Awards – Highly Commended) Sector: Fast Moving Consumer Goods […]

Managing Young Drivers at Work

Managing Young Drivers at Work

Organisations are increasingly aware of the business case for introducing road safety management programmes to reduce work-related road risk. The many benefits include cutting preventable injuries, mitigating losses associated with collisions and boosting corporate social responsibility efforts. The focus of this report is to give an overview of the issues specific to managing young drivers at work. Evidence shows that young people have the highest collision involvement of any road user group. This report looks into the direct and indirect factors associated with higher […]

German insurer says zero tolerance age limit for young drivers should be increased

German insurer says zero tolerance age limit for young drivers should be increased

Allianz Germany, an insurer, says the country’s zero tolerance alcohol policy for young drivers should be increased from 20 to 24 years. Drivers in the age group 21-24 are twice as likely to be drunk when involved in an accident than younger or older drivers according to their research. DVR, ETSC’s German member, says the current laws have led to a ‘now I can’ effect, with young drivers finding drinking before driving more acceptable once they pass their 21st birthday when the extra legal […]

Netherlands cracks down on young speeders

Netherlands cracks down on young speeders

Novice drivers who are caught speeding or driving recklessly within five years of obtaining their license will be temporarily banned from driving and sent for a new driving test after just two penalty points, down from three. The tougher regime was announced by Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister for Infrastructure and Environment earlier this month. The new law will not be applied retrospectively to those who already have their license. For drink driving offences, a two point limit for novice drivers was already in […]

A third of young drivers admit taking ‘selfies’ at the wheel

A third of young drivers admit taking ‘selfies’ at the wheel

Research by Ford carried out in seven EU countries has found that young British drivers are the most likely to take a ‘selfie’ while driving. According to the survey, British drivers were the most likely to photograph themselves while on the move (33 per cent), ahead of counterparts in Germany (28 per cent), France (28 per cent), Romania (27 per cent), Italy (26 per cent), Spain (18 per cent), and Belgium (17 per cent). The survey of 7,000 smartphone users aged 18-24 from across […]

France considers lower BAC limits for novice drivers

France considers lower BAC limits for novice drivers

A new report for the French interior ministry recommends lowering the drink-driving limit in France to 0.2g/l for those who have held a driving license for less than two years. The 319-page report, seen by Le Parisien newspaper says: “Given the inexperience of new drivers, their accident rates and the impact on response times of even a slight amount of alcohol, a reduction of the alcohol limit for novice drivers makes sense.” France remains one of only a handful of EU countries not to […]

6th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

6th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

This 6th PIN Report provides an overview of European countries’ performance in three areas of road safety. It builds on the five previous Road Safety PIN Reports published in June 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The report compares developments in the numbers of road deaths, during the first year of the 2020 EU road safety target, and estimates the monetary value of their benefit to society. It also sets these one-year developments in the context of the reduction in road deaths observed since […]

Drink Driving: Young Drivers and Recidivist Offenders

Drink Driving: Young Drivers and Recidivist Offenders

This ETSC policy paper on “Drink Driving: Young Drivers and Recidivist Offenders” gives an overview of why drink driving is a major problem in European road safety. In particular it shows what can be done to prevent two high risk groups – young novice drivers and recidivist offenders – from impaired driving. The paper illustrates how alcohol is affecting driving skills and what the effects on the crash risk are. Moreover, it shows European countries’ progress in reducing drink driving by explaining some current […]

#Spain: 7 in 10 drivers don't respect speed limits around schools, parks and residential areas https://t.co/r8aI1ljjFG @fmapfre3 weeks ago
Great to see @WHO endorsing Intelligent Speed Assistance as a key technology for tackling road deaths.… https://t.co/VMp8YwqOQQ3 weeks ago
It's UN Road Safety Week @UNGRSW. Pledge to #SlowDown and Save Lives. Here's a technology that can help.… https://t.co/0HPxbgyqNz3 weeks ago
RT @4roadsafety: Lord Robertson welcomes the launch of the Global Network for #roadsafety Legislators & the Manifesto #4RoadSafety https://…3 weeks ago
RT @WHO_Europe: Road traffic injuries are the leading killer among children and young people aged 5–29 years #SlowDown3 weeks ago
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