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Mobility & Transport - Road Safety


About 25% of all road fatalities in Europe are alcohol related whereas about only 1% of all kilometres driven in Europe are driven by drivers with 0.5 g/l alcohol in their blood or more.


Children are particularly vulnerable. Each year, more than 700 children under the age of 15 are killed on European roads and 100 000 are injured.


Cyclists' share of total road deaths in the EU is 8% and on a slowly rising trend. The EU works in various areas to make cycling safer.

Elderly drivers

As the population ages, the percentage of elderly drivers increases. While there are no special traffic rules for older drivers, their reduced physical abilities require them to be especially careful.

Novice drivers

In developed countries, traffic accidents are the main cause of death among 15-24 year olds.


Although walking is great for your health and the environment - and especially practical for old people and children - pedestrians are much more vulnerable to accidents than other road users.

Professional drivers

Tiredness and speeding are common causes of accidents among drivers of lorries, coaches and company cars. Road accidents are the leading cause of work-related death in industrialised countries.


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