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Call for ban on alcohol advertising in Formula 1

Call for ban on alcohol advertising in Formula 1

The FIA has rejected a call from campaigners to end alcohol advertising in Formula 1 – denying responsibility for ‘commercial rights’ in the sport. Supporters say that position ignores an earlier recommendation by the FIA to end tobacco sponsorship. The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) wrote to Jean Todt, President of the FIA, calling for the ban in an open letter published last month. Mariann Skar, the secretary general of the body, wrote: “When considering the continued destructive prevalence of drink-driving, permitting the mixed messages […]

Estonia promotes alcohol interlocks in public tenders

Estonia promotes alcohol interlocks in public tenders

The Estonian Road Administration has begun promoting the use of alcohol interlocks in public buses through the tendering process. In 2014, four tendering processes including the new criteria were carried out where additional points were awarded to bids that proposed bus services with vehicles fitted with standardised alcohol interlocks. As a result, 140 buses which are used for public passenger services are being equipped with alcohol interlocks as of next year.  Although alcohol interlocks for buses remain voluntary, the outcome of the latest tendering […]

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 […]

UK report finds women drinking and driving more

UK report finds women drinking and driving more

The number of women convicted of drink-driving in the UK has almost doubled in recent years, a survey has shown. Women accounted for 9% of drink-drive convictions in 1998, but this figure had risen to 17% by 2012, the survey revealed. The research by Direct Line and transport organisation the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, launched at an event held in London by ETSC member PACTS also showed that 17% of female motorists thought they had driven while over the legal alcohol limit in the […]

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 […]

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

New EU studies back future role for alcohol interlocks

Two new reports are supportive of further measures to boost the use of alcohol interlocks in passenger and goods vehicles in the EU but stop short of recommending measures that would mandate mass adoption in the short term due mainly to cost concerns. ETSC says this approach is short-sighted because mandatory use for some categories of drivers and vehicles would drive innovation, bring down costs and save many more lives. Of the two studies, carried out by Italian consultancy TRT for the European Parliament […]

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

EP elections 2014: Where do the main political groups stand on road safety?

A survey by ETSC of the main political groups in the European Parliament ahead of this month’s elections has found universal support for measures to cut deaths and the more than 300,000 serious injuries that occur on Europe’s roads each year. But the research also revealed differences across the political spectrum on which road safety measures should be introduced at the European level. ETSC welcomed the support for concrete measures to cut serious injuries, which have been falling at a slower rate than deaths. The […]

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 […]

Opinion: EU legislation needed on drink-driving

Opinion: EU legislation needed on drink-driving

This article, by ETSC’s Executive Director Antonio Avenoso, was first published in the European Voice. The town of Kamienn Pomorski in Poland is still in shock following a tragedy that took place on New Year’s Day. A 26-year-old drunk driver drove his BMW into a crowd of people, killing six. One boy who was seriously injured lost both his parents and his brother. The incident has provoked media outrage and a huge public debate in Poland. But the European Union too must take note and […]

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