ETSC Drink Driving Monitor (25) - June 2016
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Policy update from ETSC

Austria to introduce alcohol interlock programme next year

Transport Minister Jörg Leichtfried has announced that convicted drink drivers in Austria will be given the option of installing an alcohol interlock in their vehicles from next year, rather than face a driving ban. Read more...

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Declines in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences are contributing to Europe’s failure to cut the numbers dying in road collisions, according to two new ETSC reports. Read more...

Alcohol interlocks cut drink drive deaths by 15%

A report published by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that US states that require alcohol interlocks for drink driving convictions are associated with 15% fewer alcohol-related crash deaths, compared with states with less stringent requirements. Read more...

Italian senate passes ‘road murder’ law

Drivers that cause a road death while drink driving could be subject to up to 12 years in prison in Italy after a new ‘road murder’ law was passed by the Italian Senate. Read more....

US states strengthen alcohol interlock rules

The US state of Pennsylvania has mandated alcohol interlocks for first time drink driving offenders. Meanwhile Virginia has set new requirements for the devices to be fitted with cameras to ensure the driver is the one taking the breath test before starting the engine. Read more....

40% of Irish road deaths related to drink driving

A new report from ETSC’s Irish member, the Road Safety Authority (RSA), has revealed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions in Ireland. Read more....

Lithuania to trial alcohol interlocks on school busses

Lithuania is to trial installation of alcohol interlocks on school busses. The trial, on 10 busses in one school district, will be rolled out to other regions if successful, according to the transport ministry. Read more....

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

A report by the Spanish Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD) and the Mapfre Foundation has concluded that in the previous six months nearly 64% of people aged between 16 and 30 had travelled in a car driven by someone who had drunk “substantial” alcohol. Read more....

Save the date: Alcohol Interlock Symposium, Brussels, 13-15 September

The 15th annual Alcohol Interlock Symposium takes place on 13-15 September in Brussels. This year’s event is organised by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) in collaboration with ETSC. Read more....
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 Alcohol Interlock Barometer

Track progress across Europe as more countries introduce alcohol interlock trials and legislative measures.
See also: ETSC EU BAC limits table
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In depth

Read our case studies on alcohol interlocks in taxis in Finland and public buses in Denmark.


Download the presentations from our 2016 drink driving policy events in Athens, Warsaw and Ljubljana.
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