20 February 2018 – Reducing Drink Driving in Europe, European Parliament, Brussels

  • February 20, 2018

Lunch debate, Members’ Salon, European Parliament, 20 February 2018, 12:30 – 14:30

This event was kindly hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP.

Up to a quarter of the 26,000 deaths on European roads each year are estimated to be alcohol-related.

Improved enforcement, lower blood alcohol limits, alcohol interlocks, awareness campaigns and rehabilitation programmes are some of the measures in place across Europe to tackle the scourge.

But for the European Union to meet its road safety targets, more will need to be done in the near future at Member State and EU level.

The event also marked the launch of a new ETSC report on the state of the art on drink driving programs around Europe with recommendations for national and EU policy makers.

Download the report.

Read the press release.

Download the agenda here.


  1. Dovile Adminaite  – ETSC
  2. Erik Ernits – Estonian Road Administration
  3. Claudia Evers – German Federal Highway Institute
  4. Pierre-Olivier Bergeron – The Brewers of Europe

Media highlights

RTBF (BE-FR) – 20% des décès sur les routes européennes sont liés à l’alcool

Metro (BE-FR) – Plus de 5.000 morts sur les routes de l’UE à cause de l’alcool

Metro (BE-NL) – Meer dan 5.000 verkeersdoden per jaar in EU te wijten aan alcohol

HLN (BE-NL) – Ruim 5.000 verkeersdoden per jaar in EU te wijten aan alcohol

El Vigia (ES) – La ETSC exige dispositivos antialcohol en todos los vehículos profesionales nuevos

Horsens Folkeblad (DK) Sprut bag rattet. Flere alkolåse er vejen frem

L’Avenir (FR) Plus de 5 000 morts sur les routes européennes à cause de l’alcool

EU News (IT) – Se sei ubriaco l’auto non parte, l’idea per ridurre i morti sulle strade dell’Ue

Il Secolo XIX (IT) Un blocco per chi si mette alla guida ubriaco, la proposta al vaglio dell’Ue

ItaliaStar Magazine (IT) – Sulle strade europee troppi morti per l’alcol

Teraz (SK) – V roku 2016 zavinil alkohol pätinu obetí dopravných nehôd v EÚ

Nieuwsblad Transport (NL): ‘Alcoholslot op alle trucks en bestelauto’s’

InfoTrucker (RO) – ETSC cere echiparea standard a tuturor vehiculele comerciale noi cu aparate etilotest

AutoExpress (UK) Safety body calls for mandatory alcohol interlocks