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Enforcement

Traffic laws must be enforced - not just to sanction violations but also to deter offenders and encourage responsible driving.

Police officer operates speed camera Enforcement actions frequently target high-risk violations like speeding, drinking and driving, and not using a seat belt. Fines for failing to stop at a red traffic light, use of mobile phones and other lesser offences are also common.

Police enforcement

Traditional methods of police enforcement include on-the-spot roadside checks and the use of automated devices such as speed cameras. To be most effective, police enforcement should be publicised, and involve a mix of highly visible and low-profile activities.

EU legislation

The EU recommends consistent enforcement of laws against speeding, drinking and driving, and driving without a seat belt. Research has shown that better enforcement of these rules could prevent 5000 deaths per year in the EU. Legislation has been proposed to ease cross-border enforcement of fines for major traffic offences.

Projects

A legal studypdf collected information on traffic rules and enforcement practices for speeding, drinking and driving, and seat-belt use in 15 EU countries.

The PEPPERpdf project considered how to enforce road safety rules effectively and efficiently, focusing on speeding, drink-driving and the refusal to use seat belts. It analysed how to disseminate good enforcement practices, studied the potential of new technology and detected a need for better data on enforcement.