French Lessons: A Review of an Effective Road Safety Program

France has experienced a steady decline in motor vehicle-related fatalities since 1972. This article discusses what steps the French government took to improve its road safety. The decreasing rate of fatalities was achieved through four specific policy changes implemented since 1972. These policy changes include the appointment of a national delegate for road safety that organized a road safety committee to define government policy in road safety; legislation imposing speed limits; legislation enforcing seat belt use; and the establishment of a stricter driving under the influence law. In the 1990s, the French government reinvigorated its road safety program by strengthening these earlier policy changes through intensive communication with the public and an increase in sanctions and enforcement systems. France provides an example of how a country can achieve both significant short-term reductions in motor vehicle-related fatalities, but also maintain the decrease through consistent vigilance and enforcement.

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  • Authors:
    • Kwasniak, Andrew M
    • Kuzel, Michael J
  • Publication Date: 2009-8


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01142567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2009 9:20AM