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Maltese presidency put spotlight on road safety

Transport ministers of the Member State of the European Union (EU) reconfirmed their commitment to improving road safety by adoption of ministerial declaration on roads safety earlier this week (29 March 2017) in Malta.

70 people die every day on the EU roads (26 100 deaths in the EU in 2015) about 25% of all road fatalities in Europe are alcohol-related. The EU aims to halve the number of deaths between 2010 and 2020. There was a steady and promising trend towards meeting the common target of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020 but fatality rates have plateaued in recent years.

In their ministerial declaration on road safety, Ministers noted that speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and being distracted or tired while driving continue to be among the major causes of road traffic collisions. Particular attention should thus be paid to improving road users’ behaviour.

The transport ministers committed themselves to continue and reinforce measures necessary to halve the number of road deaths in the EU by 2020 from the 2010 baseline. Furthermore, they set a target of halving the number of serious injuries in the EU by 2030 from the 2020 baseline.

European transport ministers also note the need to effectively enforce road safety rules and provide support to road enforcement bodies. This would include cooperation and exchange of best practices, in particular with regard to speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failing to comply with traffic light and traffic sign rules, being distracted while driving, e.g. by using mobile devices, and failing to use protective equipment. Particular attention should be given to preventive tools such as alcohol interlocks, and to other technical support systems.

Moreover, ministers will together with the European Commission work to promote, a Europe-wide road safety culture based on shared values and improve road users’ behaviour through continued and effective education and training targeting different groups.

Ministers called upon the European Commission to prepare a new road safety policy framework for the decade after 2020.

To read the full declaration please follow the link.