January 2013 will see the introduction of a European driving licence as part of the entry into force of the third EU Driving Licence Directive. The new credit-card style format will replace some 100 paper and plastic models currently in use by more than 300 million drivers across the EU.
Although we made good progress, we are still far from the EU's 'vision zero' for road safety. The risk is twice as high for young people from 18 to 25 years old to die on the roads as the rest of the population. Only by changing young people's driving mentality can we continue to save lives. The European Commission aims to raise awareness on road safety and to change road users' behaviour so that mobility is safe for all.
Each year 40 000 people die in in Europe. This is far too much! Speeding, alcohol, drugs, unfastened seatbelts... Certain categories of users are especially vulnerable, such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. The European Union aims to reduce the number of deaths by half and so save thousands of lives. By improving the safety of vehicles and infrastructures and by changing the behaviour of users. This concerns public authorities at all levels as well as each one of us. Road safety affects everyone! Would you like to find out more? Go to the European Commission's website! Have a good trip!
Flashmob in Syntagma square during the UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2013) for the promotion of road safety through the message "Stop road crashes". The event was organised in Athens by the Hellenic Road Safety Institute (I.O.AS.) - RSI "Panos Mylonas" with the support of the European Commission and the European Youth Forum.
On 22 June 2010, the rail and road sector in more than 40 countries worldwide are organising together the International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) to make people understand that these accidents could be avoided if they obey the traffic rules and are aware of the danger of risky behaviors at level crossings.
More and more traffic accidents are due to texting. If we want to reduce the 1.2 million traffic victims worldwide each year, we have to act. How do you convince youngsters not to text while driving? Prove them it is a very bad idea: oblige them to text while driving! See how Belgian learner drivers reacted when they were told they had to pass the mobile phone test in order to get their driver's license.