In December 2007, ETSC published a PIN Flash concerning roads safety of motorcyclists. In 2006 at least 6200 Powered Two-Wheeler (PTW) riders were killed in road crashes in the EU representing 16% of the total number of road deaths while accounting for only 2% of the total kilometres driven. Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland are the least dangerous places to ride, with average rider deaths between 30 and 45 per billion kilometres. While Greece, among other countries, is just below the EU average of 86 riders killed per billion km.
In June 2007, ETSC published the PIN Annual Report. The country data showed that France, Luxembourg and Belgium have reached the greatest reductions in the number of yearly road deaths between 2001 and 2005. Highest levels of seat belt wearing are recorded in France, Germany and Malta, while the Czech Republic, Belgium and Germany have achieved greatest improvements in the area of drink driving over the last decade.
During the European Road Safety Day on April 27th, 2007, organised by the European Commission it was stated that the European action plan continues to deliver results and the target of saving 25.000 lives on Europe’s roads by 2010 is attainable. Greece is lagging behind with a fatalities decrease of 11% in comparison to the 22% average decrease in Europe of 27.
In April 2007, ETSC published the PIN Flash. This report indicates that in Europe improvements in drink driving contribute their share to enhancing road safety. However, in nine countries, insufficient progress on reducing drink driving deaths has slowed down overall improvement over the last decade.
The European Commission presented the first ever complete edition of road safety performance indicators prepared by the European Road Safety Observatory within the SafetyNet integrated project. Country profiles as well as country comparisons provide among others an insight to the reasons of the low level of road safety in Greece.
In February 2007, ETSC published the PIN Flash. Seat belt wearing in the front seats of cars varies among European countries from less than 70% to more than 95%. The ranking showed that France, Germany and Malta reach rates of over 95% seat belt use among front seat occupants. Also Sweden, Norway, the U.K. and the Netherlands showed good levels of 90% and higher. In Hungary, Italy and Belgium, on the other hand, rates were only around 70%, while no rates at all were available from Greece, Lithuania and Slovakia leaving room to assume even lower usage.
The Eurostat issued the yearly update of the road safety regional differences demonstrating that not only the three EU regions with the lowest road safety performance are Greek but also that 7 Greek regions are among the 10 EU regions with the lowest road safety performance.
A Diploma Thesis titled ‘Correlating macroscopic road safety parameters in the European Union’ was presented by Anna Tsoumani in November 2006. Linear and non-linear regression models were developed and resulted in quantification of the impact of each variable to the number of fatalities in road accidents. The ratio of the number of road fatalities to the number of vehicles reduces by the increase of the ratio of the number of vehicles to population and secondly, the shape of the fatalities curve (ascending, stable and descending) depends on the ratio of the number of vehicles to population.
In June 2011, ETSC published a PIN Flash concernig seat belt use. In Sweden, nearly 70% of new passenger cars were equipped with seat belt reminders for the driver seat. In Luxembourg, this percentage is estimated to be 64% and in Germany 63%. In the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Italy and Greece, this is however less than half of the new passenger cars.
In September 2006, ETSC published a PIN Flash concerning EU countries road safety performance. The first ranking under the Road Safety Performance Index showed that some countries are contributing fully to the European target, even though the majority do not. During the period 2001-2005 France has achieved an outstanding 35% drop, closely followed by Luxembourg with 34%. In Belgium, the reduction has been of the order of 27%. The reduction for Greece was 16%.
The European Transport Safety Council presented recently a Review on the accident data in the enlarged EU. The review examined the situation in the 25 countries of the EU in relation to data on road safety and draws up to concrete set of actions for improving these data. It covers all aspects from data collection, gathering and entry into databases, to theis processing, analysis and dissemination of results.
The European Commission published the Road Safety Country Profiles, containing key road safety statistical data and development in all EU countries. NTUA has contributed to the country profile for Greece, in which all recent road safety trends are highlighted, together with the key issues addressed at the national strategic plan prepared by NTUA.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, which emphasizes the role of public health in the prevention of road traffic injuries and covers the fundamental concepts and prerequisites of road traffic injury prevention, the intensity and impact of road traffic injuries, key determinants and risk factors, intervention strategies, and recommendations.
A Diploma Thesis titled ‘Time series analysis of basic road safety parameters in selected groups of European Countries’ was presented by Anastasia Pnevmatikou in July 2004. For this analysis a detailed database was developed containing disaggregate road accident data from 15 EU Member States, while another data base was developed containing aggregate accident data for the 25 EU Member States for the period 1991-2001. The results lead to the conclusion that the increased traffic participation of two-wheel motor vehicles and pedestrians in southern countries of Europe as well as the passenger car motorization increases in the east countries, have a negative impact on road safety level of these countries.