Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

Young drivers: call for EU to mandate zero-tolerance alcohol and drug limits and graduated driving licences

ETSC is calling on the European Union to improve the safety of young drivers through changes to driver licensing, among other measures, as new data show young road users, aged 15 to 30, have come to represent a quarter of all road deaths. Read more...

Young road users

Young people (aged 15-30) make up 20% of road deaths in Europe. What can be done to prevent these unnecessary deaths? Read our latest report.


Speed is the number one killer on Europe’s roads. Read our latest report on how EU countries are tackling the problem.


A quarter of road deaths in the EU are alcohol related.  Our interactive map shows how different European countries are tackling the problem.  See also our new map looking at the use of alcohol interlocks in different countries.

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In the media

Significant reductions in road casualties for vehicle occupants across Europe in the last decade have not been matched by equivalent safety gains for pedestrians and cyclists, a report has shown.
The European Union plans to require speed-limiting and emergency braking technology in all new car models starting in 2022, along with dozens of other technical features to improve road safety.
Limiti di velocità, abbassandoli di 10 km all’ora si risparmierebbero duemila vite l’anno.
Europe changes gear over speed limits on country roads.
"This legislation is a step forward because it will enable innovative new designs that include crumple zones along with better visibility and protection of car occupants, pedestrians and cyclists."
Antonio AvenosoEurActiv
"Some countries are using (alcohol interlocks) to prevent drink drivers from reoffending. These solutions are working in other European countries and could also work in Italy."
Antonio AvenosoCorriere della Sera
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has also examined the survivability of aircraft accidents worldwide, estimating that 90 percent are survivable (no passengers died) or “technically survivable," where at least one occupant survives.
The European Transport Safety Council also welcomed the vote, saying better visibility would be especially important for cyclists and pedestrians in urban areas. Its data found nearly 4,300 people died in collisions involving lorries in the EU in 2011.
"The European Union must take note and recognise the role that it can and must play in tackling the scourge of drink-driving."
Antonio AvenosoEuropean Voice

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  • Confederación Nacional de Autoescuelas (CNAE) (ES)
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  • Swiss Council for Accident Prevention
  • Road Safety Institute – Panos Mylonas, Greece
  • Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Bulgarian State Agency for Road Safety
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  • European Driving Schools Association (EFA)
  • Fondazione Ania
  • Safer Roads Foundation
  • Motor Transport Institute, Poland
  • National Road Safety Authority (ANSR)
  • European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR)
  • The Children’s Car Safety Foundation
  • Liikenneturva
  • Association Prévention Routière
  • Finnish Crash Data Institute (OTI)
  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) – Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering
  • AWSR – Agence wallonne pour la Sécurité routière
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  • Norwegian Abstaining Motorists’ Association
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  • Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (MHF)
  • Norwegian Council for Road Safety
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  • Hellenic Institute of Transport – Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)
  • International Road Victims’ Partnership (IRVP)
  • International Motorcycling Federation
  • Danish Road Safety Council
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  • Verkehrsunfall-Opferhilfe Deutschland (VOD) e.V.
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  • Road Traffic Safety Agency of the Republic of Serbia
  • Dutch Safety Board
  • Centro Studi Città Amica (CeSCAm), University of Brescia
  • Transport Safety Research Centre, Loughborough University
  • Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge
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