The Traffic Behaviour Monitoring System was initiated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in 1992. The project involves collecting information each year on the behaviour of road users with the aid of automatic counting devices and roadside measurements. The report presents the results of the 1994 measurements, and compares them with measurements made in earlier years. No significant changes have occurred in driving speeds compared with the 1993 data. In 1994, vehicle speeds fell in 100 km/h speed limit zones 0.8 km/h and rose in 80 km/h speed limit zones 0.4 km/h. Nighttime speeds rose in both speed limit zones. Close-following driving and nighttime traffic volumes declined compared with 1993. Daytime traffic volumes have risen continuously. The incidence of drunk driving in the Province of Uusimaa remained at the same level (0.22%) as in the previous year. The use of safety belts in the front seats of passenger cars rose to 85% in built-up areas and remained at the 1993 level (92%) outside built-up areas. Sixty-five percent of back seat passengers used their safety belts in 1994. There was an increase in the use of safety belts in vans. The use of headlights during the daytime declined in comparison with 1993. In 1994, the percentages of drivers using headlights during the daytime in and outside built-up areas were 83% and 95%, respectively. The use of bicycle safety helmets has risen to 12% in 1994. The use of reflectors by pedestrians remained at the 1993 level (19%) in built-up areas, but fell to 63% outside them. The incidence of failing to observe pedestrian crossing signals has declined.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Central Organization for Traffic Safety, Finland

    Sitratie 7
    FIN-00420 Helsinki,   Finland 
  • Authors:
    • SIPINEN, L
    • HEINO, J
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 61 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724920
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 192
  • Created Date: Aug 21 1996 12:00AM