Summer newsletter released!

Great news! The latest edition of our newsletter is out and the finalists for our Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2023 have been announced!

Thank you for sending all your wonderful initiatives, it's inspiring to see the continued enthusiasm for Road Safety in Europe! Our judging panel has reviewed each application; details can be found in our newsletter. 

New dashboard on road safety culture & behaviour

The ESRA project is a joint initiative of road safety institutes, research centres, public services and private sponsors from all over the world. The aim is to collect and analyse comparable data on road safety performance, in particular road safety culture and behaviour of road users. After extensive data collection across 39 countries in its third edition, the project now launched a dashboard to give a visual representation of the national road safety indicators. 

New ERSO report on cyclists

Cyclists are vulnerable in traffic and constitute the only road user group where the number of fatalities has not declined since 2010. In 2022, around 2,000 road deaths among cyclists in Europe were reported by the police. This means that one in ten recorded fatalities in traffic is a cyclist. Furthermore, the share of serious injuries in crashes involving a cyclist did not decline: their relative proportion increased from 7% in 2010 to 9% in 2019, and this is in reality probably much greater due to under-reporting. 

2023 figures show stalling progress in reducing road fatalities in too many countries

On the 8th of March, the Commission published preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2023. Despite some progress since the baseline year of 2019(1), few Member States are on track to meet the target of halving the number of road deaths by 2030. 

Contrasting picture across Member States

EU-wide, road deaths in 2023 fell by 1% on the previous year. While this represents around 2,360 fewer fatalities (-10%) compared with 2019, the downward trend has flatlined in several Member States. 

Annual statistical report on road safety in the EU 2024

In 2022, road crashes in the Member States of the European Union claimed about 20,634 lives and left more than 1.13 million people injured. The new statistical report of the European Road Safety Observatory presents a wide range of statistical tables containing road safety data from the 27 EU Member States and the four EFTA countries. You can discover all these statistics here

New ERSO Report on Alcohol and Drugs

The European Road Safety Observatory (ERSO) of the European Commission provides reliable and comparable data on road crashes, in-depth analysis and information on road safety trends, practices and policies in the EU. One of the outputs of ERSO are the thematic reports. The purpose of these reports is to give road safety practitioners and the general public an overview of the most important research questions and results.

New report from the European Road Safety Observatory: focus on drinking and driving

Drivers who have been drinking are 15 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than sober drivers. This is among the statistics presented in the European Road Safety Observatory’s new thematic report on driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Around 25% of all road deaths in the EU are alcohol-related.

The crash risk associated with drugs depends on the type of drug. Of all illegal drugs, the risk is greatest - at least 5 times higher - if someone has taken amphetamines, multiple drugs, or alcohol combined  with drugs.

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