Alcohol Interlocks

Spain could require alcohol interlocks on buses and lorries

Spain could require alcohol interlocks on buses and lorries

Policymakers in Spain are considering a new tool in the fight against drink-driving.  A law currently under discussion in the Spanish houses of parliament could see alcohol interlocks required on lorries and buses from next year. The European Union agreed in 2019 that all new types of car, van, lorry and bus should be fitted with a standardised interface for the connection of an alcohol interlock from next year.  The requirement would be extended to all new vehicles in those categories sold from 2024. […]

Overhaul of EU rules on driver medical fitness needed

Overhaul of EU rules on driver medical fitness needed

The current EU approach to assessing whether drivers are medically fit to hold a licence needs substantial revision, according to a new report by ETSC. The report examines the current state of play in European countries regarding the assessment of medical fitness to drive, with reference to current EU rules. The EU is currently reviewing the Directive on driver licensing and a revised legal proposal is expected in 2022. The report shows that the starting point for many EU countries is still age-based assessment […]

Are medical fitness to drive procedures fit for purpose? (PIN Flash 40)

Are medical fitness to drive procedures fit for purpose? (PIN Flash 40)

This report examines the current state of play in PIN countries regarding the assessment of medical fitness to drive, with reference to the 2006 EU Directive on Driving Licences. Studies have concluded that specific medical conditions, substance abuse, mental disorders, epilepsy and diabetes are more important factors than age when it comes to medical fitness to drive. Mandatory age-based screening of older drivers has not been shown to be effective in preventing severe collisions. It may even have a negative safety impact, as older […]

Drink Driving as the Commonest Drug Driving – A Perspective from Europe

Drink Driving as the Commonest Drug Driving – A Perspective from Europe

Across Europe, about 50 people each year per million population are killed in road traffic and about five times as many are seriously injured, consumption of alcohol is high by global standards, and a widely quoted estimate is that about a quarter of the road deaths are related to drink driving. The more than half a century since evidence from the USA made it irrefutable that drink driving increases the number of road deaths has been a time of growing cohesion among many European […]

7 December 2020 – Safe and Sober Webinar : An overview of current and forthcoming alcohol interlock programmes in Europe

7 December 2020 – Safe and Sober Webinar : An overview of current and forthcoming alcohol interlock programmes in Europe

Safe and Sober Webinar An overview of current and forthcoming alcohol interlock programmes in Europe Online event : Monday 7 December 2020, 15:30 – 16:45 CET The European Transport Safety Council hold a Safe and Sober webinar on 7 December. This online event featured the launch of our new report  on alcohol interlock programmes in Europe and national experts from Belgium, Finland, France and Sweden shared their experiences. Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the four main killers on the road, […]

Alcohol Interlocks in Europe: An Overview of Current and Forthcoming Programmes

Alcohol Interlocks in Europe: An Overview of Current and Forthcoming Programmes

Alcohol interlock programmes give offenders who would normally lose their driving licence a possibility to continue driving, as long as they are sober. ETSC has long been in favour of alcohol interlocks, in particular as part of rehabilitation programmes. Studies have repeatedly shown that the combination of alcohol interlocks and rehabilitation programmes cut reoffending rates. 13 experts agreed to help ETSC drawing up an inventory of alcohol interlock programmes in Europe. This new report aims at providing a more practical approach showing how each […]

Finnish study finds different profiles among drink and drug drivers

Finnish study finds different profiles among drink and drug drivers

Collisions caused by drink-drivers who only use alcohol, and drug drivers differ in terms of timing and types of accidents and it is common for drug users to use several intoxicants at the same time according to new research by the Finnish Crash Data Institute (OTI), an ETSC member. The latest OTI substance abuse report looked at fatal collisions investigated in Finland over the period 2014–2018 and drivers who had been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both. The investigators found […]

Dutch study confirms effectiveness of alcohol interlock programmes

Dutch study confirms effectiveness of alcohol interlock programmes

The Dutch alcohol interlock programme was twice as effective as other sanctions at reducing recidivism, and the effects continued after participation in the scheme, according to new research by the Dutch Ministry of Justice research centre (WODC). According to the researchers, 4% of those who followed the programme were re-convicted of a drink-driving offence within two years, compared to 8% for a control group who faced other sanctions. An education programme for drink-driving offenders had a recidivism rate of 7%, compared to 9% for […]

Lithuania launches alcohol interlock programme

Lithuania launches alcohol interlock programme

The Lithuanian Ministry of Transport has launched an alcohol interlock programme as a pathway to a shorter driving ban for high-level drink-driving offenders. From 1 January, convicted drink-drivers who have lost their driving license will, after a set period of time, be able to apply for their license to be reinstated with provision that they only drive a vehicle fitted with an alcohol interlock. “I hope that the introduction of the alcohol interlock system will reduce the number of repeat offences of those who […]

11 December 2019 – SMART progress in tackling drink-driving in the EU

Thon EU Hotel, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels 11th of December 2019, 9:30 – 13:00 The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) is organising a high-level conference on drink-driving on 11  December 2019 in Brussels. Representatives from the European Commission and the European Parliament will participate as well as experts from EU Member States who will share their experiences in tackling drink-driving in their countries. The conference will also see the launch of the latest ETSC Drink-Driving progress report, which shows individual country performance […]

Case Study – Alco Gates in Sweden

Sweden has long been a forerunner in the fight against drink driving. In 1999 the country was one of the first EU member states to introduce alcohol interlocks as part of rehabilitation programmes for drink drivers. In 2013, Sweden went a step further and ran a pilot project to introduce a fast-moving automated ‘Alco Gate’ at the Port of Gothenburg. This briefing explores the background to the project and its results, which could have positive future implications for drink driving policy in Sweden and […]

20 September 2019 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Lisbon

APS (Insurance companies Association), Rodrigo da Fonseca 41, 1250-096 Lisbon 20th of September, 9:00 – 13:00 In the framework of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project, the Prevenção Rodoviária Portuguesa (PRP) and the European Transport Safety Council will organise an international conference on tackling drink-driving on the 20th of September in Lisbon. Representatives from the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Health are invited, as well as local stakeholders to animate the debate. International experts from France and Sweden will discuss drink driving […]

UK government to review potential of alcohol interlocks

UK government to review potential of alcohol interlocks

The UK will look at the feasibility of adding the use of alcohol interlocks to drink-driver rehabilitation programmes, it has been announced. The review of the policy measure will focus on how to ensure the technology is “both accessible and reliable” according to a statement on road safety plans published in July, just before the changeover to the new government led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. There is already a good range of evidence from several countries that alcohol interlocks cut reoffending rates both […]

4 July 2019 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Sofia

Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria, 124 Rakovski street, Sofia 4th of July 2019, 12:30 – 16:30 In the framework of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project, the Ministry of Interior and the European Transport Safety Council are organising an international conference on tackling drink-driving on the 4th of July in Sofia. Representatives from the Ministry of Interior, national Traffic Police, European Commission and national NGOs will animate the debate. International experts from EU Member States will discuss drink driving issues […]

Lithuania: alcohol interlock programme launching in January

Lithuania: alcohol interlock programme launching in January

The Lithuanian parliament has passed legislation permitting the use of an alcohol interlock as an alternative to a driving ban from next year. Lithuania is the ninth EU Member State to introduce an alcohol interlock-based programme for rehabilitating drink-driving offenders. The Baltic country has made very significant improvements in road safety in recent years, with a 43% reduction in annual road deaths since 2010, the second biggest drop among EU countries. Since 2001, deaths have declined by 76%. Amongst other measures, the country has […]

France rolls out alcohol interlock programme nationwide

France rolls out alcohol interlock programme nationwide

The French government has announced that convicted drink-drivers across France will be given the opportunity to participate in an alcohol interlock rehabilitation programme, as an alternative to a driving ban, following successful trials in seven départements. Drink-drivers found with a BAC level above 0.8 g/l will now be offered the possibility of installing an alcohol interlock for a period of between 6 months and 5 years rather than being subject to a ban from driving.  The courts will also have the power to reduce […]

ETSC welcomes provisional deal on new vehicle safety standards

ETSC welcomes provisional deal on new vehicle safety standards

New cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in Europe will be fitted as standard with a range of new vehicle safety features, starting in 2022, according to a provisional EU deal on the legislation reached last night in Strasbourg. The new rules include requirements for new technologies, such as Automated Emergency Braking which can detect pedestrians and cyclists, as well as overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance, to be fitted as standard for the first time.  New lorries will be required to have improved levels of […]

German expert conference recommends alcohol interlocks

German expert conference recommends alcohol interlocks

A major conference of experts in road safety and traffic enforcement has recommended the introduction of alcohol interlock-based rehabilitation programmes in Germany. The recommendations of the 57th annual “Traffic Day” conference (Deutscher Verkehrsgerichtstag) included the suggestion of the scheme, as an alternative to a driving ban or withdrawal of the driving license, highlighting the educational benefits. The German Road Safety Council (DVR), ETSC’s German founding member, welcomed the recommendations. According to an opinion survey carried out by DVR last year, German drivers underestimate the […]

German drivers “underestimating” drink driving risk

German drivers “underestimating” drink driving risk

The German Road Safety Council (DVR), an ETSC member, says drivers are still underestimating the risks of drink-driving.  According to an opinion survey carried out for DVR by Ipsos in December, one in four respondents would drink one or two glasses of beer at a party within four hours and then drive home by car. DVR recommends a zero alcohol policy when driving.  “It’s best to stick to a clear rule,” said DVR Chief Executive Christian Kellner. “Those who drive, don’t drink; those who drink, […]

13 December 2018 – SMART policies for tackling drink driving, Bucharest

European Commission Representation, 31 Vasile Lascar St, Bucharest   Reprezentanța Comisiei Europene, Str. Vasile Lascăr nr. 31, București    13 December 2018, 9:00-13:00 13 Decembrie 2018, 9:00-13:00 In the framework of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project, the Romanian Traffic Police and the European Transport Safety Council organised an international conference on tackling drink-driving on the 13th of December in Bucharest. În cadrul proiectului SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport), Poliția Română – Direcția Rutieră și Consiliul European pentru Siguranța Transporturilor (ETSC) au […]

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