Drug Driving

ETSC and ROADPOL – online events on enforcement

ETSC and ROADPOL – online events on enforcement

On 16 March 2022, ETSC teamed up with ROADPOL, the European roads policing network to organise two complementary online events on the topic of enforcement. ETSC Online Event – How traffic law enforcement can contribute to safer roads, 10.00-12.30 CET. This online event focused on speed enforcement and cross-border enforcement. 00:00 – Welcome and introductions Tjark Kreuzinger, Toyota Motor Europe Jacqueline Lacroix, DVR 21:10 – How traffic law enforcement can […]

How Traffic Law Enforcement Can Contribute to Safer Roads (PIN Flash 42)

How Traffic Law Enforcement Can Contribute to Safer Roads (PIN Flash 42)

Exceeding speed limits, drink- or distracted- driving, and failure to wear a seatbelt are among the important factors leading to death and serious injury on European roads. Road safety laws have been adopted to guide drivers in their behaviour. Many comply with them willingly. Others, however, would be less likely to comply if it were not for fear of being detected and sanctioned. This is where traffic law enforcement comes […]

Enforcement of rules on drink-driving and mobile phone use at the wheel decreases in majority of European countries

Enforcement of rules on drink-driving and mobile phone use at the wheel decreases in majority of European countries

Significant weaknesses in the enforcement of road safety rules are holding back progress on reducing road deaths in Europe, according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council. The report examines the state of enforcement of speed limits and seatbelt wearing as well as rules on drink-driving and use of mobile devices at the wheel between 2010 and 2019 across Europe. Ellen Townsend, ETSC’s policy director, commented: “Thousands […]

Report for the European Commission finds benefits of alcohol interlocks for HGVs outweigh costs

Report for the European Commission finds benefits of alcohol interlocks for HGVs outweigh costs

A new report on drink-driving for the European Commission looks at the progress made since 2001 EU guidelines on Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limits were published and suggests mandatory fitment of alcohol interlocks in heavy goods vehicles could be a worthwhile investment. The researchers found that, since the publication of the EU Recommendation (2001/115/EC), BAC limits in the EU have further harmonised with at least eight countries having introduced a […]

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. In a report published today, ETSC says that, in 2019, 5,182 young people were killed in road collisions in the 25 EU countries for which figures are […]

MEPs back 2030 EU road safety plans

MEPs back 2030 EU road safety plans

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to back a document setting out the institution’s views on the EU road safety strategy for the next ten years. The Parliament’s report follows the publication of the European Commission’s ten year road safety plan published back in June 2019, and an outline of planned legislative measures announced in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy published in December last year. MEPs have endorsed the overall EU […]

European Parliament transport committee backs 2030 road safety programme

European Parliament transport committee backs 2030 road safety programme

MEPs on the European Parliament’s transport committee have voted through a document setting out the institution’s views on the EU road safety strategy for the next ten years. The Parliament’s ‘own initiative   follows the publication of the European Commission’s ten year road safety plan published back in June 2019, and an outline of planned legislative measures announced in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy published in December last year. Overall strategy MEPs […]

27 April 2021 – Online Event – Are Medical Fitness to Drive Procedures Fit for Purpose?

27 April 2021 – Online Event – Are Medical Fitness to Drive Procedures Fit for Purpose?

27 April 2021 – Online Event – Are Medical Fitness to Drive Procedures Fit for Purpose? 10am – 12pm CEST This online event explored to what extent medical fitness to drive procedures in Europe are fit for purpose, in particular in light of the upcoming revision of the EU Driving Licence Directive. Download the agenda here. The event featured presentations on: The Scope of the Revision of the Driving Licence […]

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 […]

Italy set to introduce alcohol interlock programmes and update road safety law

Italy set to introduce alcohol interlock programmes and update road safety law

Changes to road safety laws in Italy could lead to the introduction of alcohol interlock programmes for drink driving offenders, as well as updates to numerous road safety rules. The new legal proposal to introduce alcohol interlocks came from the CNEL, a state body with the power to propose new legislation, and has been presented to the two houses of the Italian parliament, marking the first step on the road […]

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 […]

Drug driving now nearly as common as drink driving in Ireland

Drug driving now nearly as common as drink driving in Ireland

The Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) says new figures show that drug driving is a major problem on Ireland’s roads. Cannabis is now not far behind alcohol in blood and urine samples examined by the Irish Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS), according to the RSA. According to the new data, 68% of drivers with a positive roadside drug test, between April 2017 and July 2019, had a positive test […]

10 Mai 2019, Réglementer la conduite sous emprise de stupéfiants pour la protection de tous les usagers de la route, Paris

10 Mai 2019, 09:00-13:30 Auditorium – Fédération Française de l’Assurance 26 Boulevard Haussmann 75009, Paris L’association Prévention Routière (aPR) et le Conseil Européen de la Sécurité des Transports (ETSC) ont eu le plaisir d’organiser un séminaire consacré à la conduite sous l’influence de stupéfiants le 10 Mai à Paris. Au cours du séminaire, une vue d’ensemble de l’état actuel de la conduite sous l’emprise de stupéfiants en France et dans […]

Half of drug drivers involved in fatal collisions in France were also over the drink drive limit

Half of drug drivers involved in fatal collisions in France were also over the drink drive limit

New data from France confirms the large overlap between drink and drug driving in fatal collisions. Among the 439 drivers that tested positive for drugs after being involved in a fatal collision in 2017, half (224) also had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level above the legal limit in France of 0,5 g/l. The proportion is similar for non-fatal collisions. The figures were published in the latest road safety annual […]

Scotland: new drug driving laws and roadside testing

Scotland: new drug driving laws and roadside testing

Scotland will introduce new drug driving limits and roadside testing on 21 October this year, it has been announced. There will be a zero tolerance approach to eight drugs most associated with illegal use, including cannabis, heroin and cocaine, with limits set at a level where any claims of accidental exposure can be ruled out. Meanwhile, a list of other drugs associated with medical use will have limits based on […]

15 November – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect All Road Users, Warsaw

15 November 2018, 09:00-13:30 Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw Plac Zawiszy 1, 02-025 Warsaw, Poland The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the Polish Motor Transport Institute (Instytut Transportu Samochodowego – ITS) held a seminar on drug driving on 15 November in Warsaw, Poland. Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Poland, 10% of drivers have admitted to have driven under […]

Austria launches drug driving campaign

Austria launches drug driving campaign

The Austrian Ministry of Transport has said that drug drivers are becoming an ever greater danger in road traffic. A new government-sponsored campaign has been launched to raise awareness.  Meanwhile KFV, ETSC’s Austrian member is trialling new saliva test technology to improve the efficiency of enforcement. An opinion survey for KFV found that approximately 4% of Austrians have driven a vehicle under the influence of illegal drugs.  The number of […]

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