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Road Safety

Within the European Commission's strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm, reducing injuries and deaths from alcohol-related road accidents is a main priority. The EU aims to support Member States in their efforts to reduce road accidents and fatalities as part of the strategy's focus on alcohol as a lifestyle and health determinant.

Facts and Figures:

Policy and Prevention:

The drinking-driving policies that are highly effective include:

Alcohol locks can be effective as a preventive measure, but are less effective with drink driving offenders unless they are fitted to a vehicle.

The World Health Organization has modelled the impact and cost of unrestricted breath testing compared with no testing. The results: an estimated 111,000 years of disability and premature death avoided at an estimated cost of €233 million each year.


Publications and Resources

  • The European Transport Safety Council ETSC
  • The European Traffic Police Network TISPOL
  • Drink Driving: Towards Zero Tolerance - Report from ETSC (2012)
  • For a more detailed account of the impact of alcohol in Europe and to reference specific figures listed in the 'Facts and Figures' section above, please click here.


Pathways for Health

The overall goal of the Pathways for Health Project (PHP) was to improve the knowledge and foster the exchange of programmes and good practices on three specific areas: binge drinking; drink driving; and consumer information and labelling of alcoholic beverages.

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