A Partnership for Road Safety

Despite a concentrated drive to harmonize speed limits, drunk driving standards and enforcement policies, some European countries are far safer to drive in than others. Since infrastructure is involved in many accidents, safe road engineering supported by sound policymaking can help ensure consistently high levels of safety. This article describes some of the efforts that are being made to improve road safety in Europe. The European Commission's first serious effort to tackle the diversity of infrastructure safety situations in European Union (EU) countries was a package of measures standardizing the safety requirements and organization models applicable to road tunnels along the trans-European network. The directive stipulated technical measures covering the infrastructure, operational procedures, special provisions for coaches and heavy-duty vehicles, and regular safety exercises. The directive also created a precedent by requiring national road authorities and tunnel operators to adapt to an organizational model defined at the European level. The European Commission has also released a comprehensive study that offers a comparative analysis of road engineering safety measures currently applied in EU member states. And in a recent joint statement, Europe's Transport Ministers reaffirmed their intention of halving road deaths in Europe by 2010 and presented ten specific measures which confirm the extent to which road engineering is perceived as a key to safer roads. This statement constitutes a strategic roadmap which must now be implemented into clear action programs.


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  • Accession Number: 01000985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2005 11:20PM