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20/11/2017

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

This year, The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was on the 19th November.

At Eurocare, we’re all too aware of the link between alcohol consumption and road traffic incidents – for motorists and pedestrians alike.

Around 17,000 road traffic accidents per year – and 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities – are attributable to alcohol.

Despite the fact that 2-3% of journeys are associated with an illegal blood alcohol content level, these result in 30-40% of driver deaths.

Given that the risk of fatality increases exponentially in line with the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of the driver, we recommend that the BAC should be limited to 0.2 g/L. The risk for drivers with low BAC levels (0.1 to 0.5 g/L) is 1-3 times the risk of sober drivers. For drivers with a BAC level of 0.5 to 0.8 g/L it is up to 20 times higher, further increasing up to 30 for drivers with BAC levels of 0.8 to 1.2 g/L. For high BAC offenders the risk is 0-200 times higher than that of sober drivers.

To address the issue, Member States need to commit to adequate enforcement by rigorously enforcing drink-driving laws, and using evidence-based measures such as random checks and breath testing.