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New German data confirm that one third of collisions involve inappropriate speed

New German data confirm that one third of collisions involve inappropriate speed

32% of the people who were killed in a traffic collision in 2019 in Germany died in an incident where the police accused at least one driver of driving at an inappropriate speed, according to new official data. The German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported in July that a total of 963 people died in collisions due to inappropriate speed last year, while 53,687 were injured, 13,769 of them severely.  

PIN report: Lockdowns resulted in an unprecedented 36% drop in road deaths in the EU

PIN report: Lockdowns resulted in an unprecedented 36% drop in road deaths in the EU

Preliminary data from 25 EU Member States show an average 36% drop in road deaths in April 2020 compared to the average of the same month in the previous three years, according to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council. The highest reduction in road deaths was recorded in Italy (84%), followed by Belgium, Spain, France and Greece with decreases of over 59%.  But reductions in traffic did not lead to reductions in deaths in all countries.  In Sweden, Denmark and the […]

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdowns on Road Deaths in April 2020 (PIN Briefing)

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdowns on Road Deaths in April 2020 (PIN Briefing)

In March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, most European governments put in place unprecedented restrictions on travel and movement including border closures, lockdowns for most of the population, closure of schools, workplaces, shops, leisure and sport facilities. This report assesses the impacts that had on road deaths in Europe during the month of April 2020 – by which time most countries were in lockdown. Out of 25 EU countries for which data is available, 19 saw a decrease in the number of […]

17 June 2020 – The Road Safety Performance Index Award 2020 – Online Event

Online event  Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 11.00-12.00 Central European Summer Time In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s annual ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award event was moved online. Participants joined via teleconference for the presentation of this year’s PIN Annual Report looking at European progress in reducing road deaths and serious injuries in 2019. We were delighted to be joined by Mrs Adina-Ioana Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport as well as the Mr Taavi Aas, Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and […]

This list of countries making the most progress on road safety in Europe might surprise you

This list of countries making the most progress on road safety in Europe might surprise you

Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal have reduced road deaths the most since 2010 Estonia to receive the 2020 European Transport Safety Council Road Safety Performance Index Award Road deaths in Malta, the Netherlands and the UK were higher in 2019 than in 2010 EU “almost certain to miss” 2020 target to halve road deaths 17 June 2020 Brussels – The Baltic States, together with Greece and Portugal, were the best performing countries in the EU according to a new report on the progress […]

14th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

14th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

22,660 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2019, representing a 3% reduction compared to 2018. Out of the 32 countries monitored by the ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme, 16 reduced road deaths in 2019. The best results were achieved by Luxembourg with a 39% decrease, Sweden with 32%, Estonia with 22% and Switzerland with 20%. Road deaths increased in 12 countries, while progress stagnated in four. While there has been progress over a longer period, it is not enough to […]

Report calls for action on goods vehicle safety

Report calls for action on goods vehicle safety

A quarter (25%) of road deaths in the European Union are the consequence of a collision involving a goods vehicle, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of a new report on the safety of goods transport by road. According to the new analysis, 3310 people lost their lives in police-reported road collisions involving a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) of 3.5 tonnes or above in the 27 countries of the EU in 2018. In the same year, 2630 people were killed in collisions […]

Letter: Prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis

Letter: Prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis

A letter from ETSC to European Commission for Transport Adina-Ioana Vălean on prioritising transport safety during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Download the letter.

COVID-19: Huge drop in traffic in Europe,  but impact on road deaths unclear

COVID-19: Huge drop in traffic in Europe, but impact on road deaths unclear

Unprecedented reductions in traffic volumes have been reported across Europe since confinement measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic took effect.  Early reports based on limited data show that road deaths have not been reduced to the same degree, and, in some areas, have stayed the same or risen.  It is too early to draw firm conclusions. Data analysis by Tom Tom, of a number of major European cities has shown traffic volumes reduced by between 70 and 85% in countries where confinement measures are […]

A third of killed vehicle occupants in the UK were not wearing seatbelts

A third of killed vehicle occupants in the UK were not wearing seatbelts

Almost a third (31%) of the people who died in vehicles in Great Britain in 2018 were not wearing a seatbelt, according to a report by PACTS, ETSC’s UK founding member, published last month. Seatbelts: Time for Action used data obtained from specialist Police Forensic Collision Investigators (PFCIs) by using the Freedom of Information Act.  The report is based on over 1,000 records obtained from PFCIs. It suggests that there were 261 deaths where a seat belt was legally required but not worn in […]

336 lives saved on French roads thanks to 80 km/h limits

336 lives saved on French roads thanks to 80 km/h limits

Emmanuel Barbe, the outgoing French road safety chief, says 336 deaths were prevented over the 18-month period since the introduction of a lower 80 km/h on single-carriageway rural roads in France. Mr Barbe also criticised the “shameful” vandalism that led to large numbers of speed cameras being put out of action by the yellow vest movement.  Without that damage, the figures for deaths prevented would have been higher, he said. An analysis report published last month by researchers at Cerema found that, thanks to […]

How safe is walking and cycling in Europe? (PIN Flash 38)

How safe is walking and cycling in Europe? (PIN Flash 38)

The European Union (EU) is facing a multitude of interconnected demographic, public health and environmental challenges: the climate is changing; road deaths are stagnating; urbanisation is increasing, air pollution is worsening, obesity is rising and the population is ageing. But there is an increasing recognition at local, but also national and EU level, that boosting the levels of active mobility, particularly walking and cycling, can play an important role in overcoming many of these challenges.  Such a policy will also have economic benefits. Based […]

Urgent action needed to tackle deaths of pedestrians and cyclists

Urgent action needed to tackle deaths of pedestrians and cyclists

At least 51,300 pedestrians and 19,450 cyclists were killed on EU roads between 2010 and 2018 Cyclist deaths in the EU are declining eight times more slowly than deaths of motor vehicle occupants Deaths of cyclists in the EU have fallen eight times more slowly than deaths of motor vehicle occupants since 2010, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), authors of a new report. (1)  ETSC is calling for urgent action to ensure that sustainable modes of transport such as walking and […]

Progress in reducing drink-driving and other alcohol-related road deaths in Europe

Progress in reducing drink-driving and other alcohol-related road deaths in Europe

This report aims to provide an updated overview of the drink-driving situation in Europe, covering 32 countries: the 28 Member States of the European Union together with Israel, Norway, the Republic of Serbia and Switzerland. It looks at country progress in reducing road deaths attributed to drink driving over the past decade. The report highlights specific legislation and enforcement measures from across Europe. A range of recommendations concerning further improvements in tackling drink driving are made to Member States and the EU institutions throughout […]

More enforcement needed to reverse decline in Dutch motorway safety

More enforcement needed to reverse decline in Dutch motorway safety

Dutch motorways are becoming less safe, according to research by SWOV, the Dutch institute for road safety research. The number of motorway deaths rose to 81 in 2018, the highest figure in more than a decade.  The total number of collisions has more than doubled in five years, from 17,000 in 2014 to more than 38,000 in 2018. SWOV, in a new report, said the main causes of collisions were speeding and drivers being distracted. The organisation also said a shift away from road […]

European Commission outlines new road safety policies for the next decade

European Commission outlines new road safety policies for the next decade

The European Commission has published its Road Safety Policy Framework for the period 2021 – 2030.  The new framework was announced by the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, at the ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Conference, held today in Brussels. The publication, which is a non-binding “staff working document”, is a follow-up to an action plan published in May 2018 as part of the package of new road safety legislation that included new vehicle and infrastructure safety standards. One key area where the […]

13th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

13th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to improve road safety by setting a target of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This target followed an earlier target set in 2001 to halve the number of road deaths by 2010. A new target to halve road deaths and the first target to halve the number of serious road traffic injuries by 2030 compared to 2020 levels were announced by the European Commission on 17 May 2018. 25,047 people […]

Ireland’s leadership on road safety is “a model for the European Union”

Ireland takes home 2019 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Award New European figures show numbers killed on EU roads last year fell by just 1% Call for new European Parliament and Commission to step up progress on road safety Ireland is the winner of this year’s European Transport Safety Council Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) award.  The annual award is presented to a European country that has demonstrated continued progress on road safety combined with a strategic approach to tackling the problem across […]

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Safer Roads, Safer Cities: How to improve urban road safety in the EU (PIN Flash 37)

Cities and towns are home to 72% of the population of the European Union. These are the places where the majority of journeys begin and end. These urban centres face multiple, often conflicting needs and challenges when it comes to managing the way people and goods move around. The nature of these challenges is also evolving. Urban populations are increasing, the population is ageing, people are being encouraged to walk and cycle more as concerns over congestion and air pollution move up the political […]

Analysis of who drink-drives highlighted in OECD report

Analysis of who drink-drives highlighted in OECD report

A new OECD report New Directions in Data-Driven Transport Safety, has highlighted research carried out in the UK which could aid targeting of measures to reduce drink-driving. Ursachi et al. (2018) mined a police crash database for drink-drivers involved in collisions, and matched their home postcodes with a commercial geodemographic segmentation system called Experian Mosaic. The authors were able to categorise these drivers based on lifestyle factors.  The system offers insights on how to reach these groups through marketing channels: specific newspapers or magazines, […]

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