EU: More than 5.000 people killed in traffic yearly due to alcohol
More than 5.000 of 25.000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents in the European Union due to the combination of driving and drinking, as is mentioned in a new report of the European organization for traffic safety, (ETSC). The European Transport Safety Council encourages member states to oblige the installation of alcolocks in buses, trucks and vans.
Serious problem in the EU
Although the number of fatalities in traffic due to alcohol has decreased in the last ten years, drinking and driving still is a serious problem within the European Union, concludes the European traffic safety organization.
“The European Union is the region where worldwide most alcohol is consumed”, the ETSC explains. “This is a significant problem for traffic safety and policymakers all over Europe should pay attention to it.”
The organization also thinks more alcohol testing would be appropriate. In some member states the frequency of alcohol testing is insufficient, in others drivers just don’t have the impression that they could be caught easily. The ETSC also wants the European Union to impose a zero tolerance for driving intoxicated and to put more effort in sensitizing campaigns.
ETSC therefore asks all member states to consider obliging alcolocks in buses, trucks and vans. This summer drivers being caught in Belgium with an alcohol level in their blood of 1,8 per mill or more, will be forced to install an alcolock in their vehicle. For recidivists there will be a barrier of 1,2 per mill.