17 December 2019, Safe and Sober talk: The fight against drink-driving in Germany, Berlin

  • December 17, 2019

Safe and Sober Talk
Tuesday 17 december 2019, 09:00 – 13:00
European Commission Representation
Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin

VdTÜV, the German Road Safety Council and the European Transport Safety Council held a Safe and Sober Talk “Alcohol Interlocks and the Fight against Drink-Driving” on the 17th of December in Berlin, Germany.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the four main killers on the road, alongside speeding, non-use of seatbelts and driver distraction. Impairment through alcohol is an important factor influencing both the risk of a collision as well as the severity of the injuries that result from collisions.

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. Studies have repeatedly shown that alcohol interlock programmes, combined with rehabilitation programmes, cut reoffending rates both during and after the driver has installed the device in their vehicle.

During the Safe and Sober Talk, both aspects were discussed with national and international experts, policy makers and stakeholders.

The agenda is available here

The presentations can be accessed below:

Antonio Avenoso – Drink-driving in the European Union

Pär-Ola Skarviken – Effective countermeasures in tackling drink-driving in Sweden

Dr Charles Mercier-Guyon – Drink-driving in France: alcohol interlocks programmes

Olof Hanssen – Alcohol Interlocks – How they work in practice ?

Stefan Morley – EN 50436 – Alcohol Interlock standard – evolution and future vision

Dr Simone Klipp – Panel discussion: drink-driving in Germany

Theodora Calinescu – The European Road Safety Charter – Best practice exchange and renewed commitments

Jacqueline Lacroix – The European Road Safety Charter in Germany

Antonia Tappe – ERSC good practice example: PEER Projekt: Drink driving prevention through peer education.