The European Commission has published an external study examining “the prevention of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol”. This study describes the incidence of and attitudes towards driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol across the EU, examines the technologies and enforcement methods to prevent it, and sets out a number of recommendations.
Among its conclusions, the study argues in particular that taking steps to mitigate drink driving, such as lower permitted blood alcohol levels or alcohol interlocks, would be particularly relevant for young or novice drivers and for drivers of heavy goods vehicles. However, it also finds that, while research confirms that drug-driving is an emerging road safety problem, there is a lack of data on drug-driving fatalities and a need to develop more accurate and usable drugs screening devices.
The Commission will take the findings of this study into consideration when reflecting on possible future steps to prevent driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
- Prevention of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
- Publication date
- 24 February 2022
- Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport