Issue n° 152 - 08 November 2013

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

police officer

As of 7 November 2013, EU Member States can exchange information on drivers who commit traffic offences abroad, including the four "big killers" that cause 75% of road fatalities - speeding, running traffic lights, failure to use seatbelts and drink driving.

This information exchange will ensure that foreign offenders can be pursued and punished across borders. It further improves the consistent enforcement of road safety rules throughout the EU by ensuring equal treatment of offenders.

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Commissioner' s corner

Speech - Keeping Europe's roads safe for the future

Enforcing the rules is something the Commission takes very seriously. The cross-border rules will make sure that foreign and resident drivers are treated equally. They will remove today’s climate of impunity for foreign drivers – which has not helped to raise public acceptance of law enforcement on the roads.

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

9500 km

The distance that the average European travelled by car in 2010

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We were asked about...

Road accident in Monteforte Irpino and road safety in Europe

How does the Commission intend to coordinate the efforts by individual Member States to make our roads safer and to achieve the ambitious objectives set in the communication of 20 July 2010?

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