On 19 March 2013, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, gave a press conference following the publication by the EC of the new statistics on road safety, which reveals that 2012 saw the lowest number of people killed in road traffic in EU countries since the first data were collected.On this occasion, Siim Kallas presented the EU Road Safety Programme 2011-2020, which sets out challenging plans to reduce the number of road deaths on Europe's roads by half in the next 10 years. It contains ambitious proposals focusing on making improvements to vehicles, infrastructure and road users' behaviour.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building
||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport at the press conference
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): 2012 was the year with the lowest number of road deaths in the EU since we started counting. The number of road fatalities has gone down in almost all Member States; the decrease for the EU has a whole is 9% compared to last year. This is a great result; it means that almost 3000 lives were saved last year and it means we are back on tracks towards our goals of cutting road deaths in half by 2020.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): New EU driving license rules came into force in January with tighter rules to stop young people getting access to be powerful motorbikes too soon and we are working with Member States to focus on enforcement. Rules only work when they are enforced; that means constant checks and controls on the ground. And finally, a new element we are working to expand our work to tackle serious injuries as well as fatalities.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): We want to see a new injuries target as soon as possible. The Commission has worked with EU Member States to identify a common EU definition of serious injury; This is a very important first step, it makes possible to start collecting reliable useful data. We then intend to collect new data on serious injuries during 2014; By 2015 we will have a clearer picture of the scope of the problem. Then we can set the strategic target to bring down the number of serious road injuries.
||Departure of Siim Kallas