Over 26,000 Europeans killed on our roads every year – Clune

16th October, 2014

 

Fine Gael MEP for Ireland South and member of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee, Deirdre Clune, has called on the new transport commissioner designate to address road deaths across Europe as a priority during the next term of office.

“Last year 26,000 Europeans were killed on roads in Europe. In 2011, this figure was 30,000. I welcome the reduction but the figures are still too high. Every year 250,000 accidents with heavy injuries occur on the roads of the EU.

“There are a number of initiatives in the Commission including an EU programme to halve the number of people killed on European roads annually. The new Commissioner must prioritise these programmes and immediately address what is a critical issue. We have made consistent progress on this in Europe since 2001.

“The Commission programme sets out a mix of initiatives, at European and national level, focusing on improving vehicle safety, the safety of infrastructure and road users’ behaviour. These initiatives have been proven to work but they need to be pushed at the highest level.

“I welcome last week’s move by EU transport ministers, under the Italian EU Presidency, to back a change to rules on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding. These rules mean that foreign-registered drivers will no longer be able to ignore traffic laws, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be penalised when they return home.

“Speeding is a primary factor in about one third of fatal collisions and an aggravating factor in all collisions where it occurs. According to the European Commission, non-resident drivers account for approximately 5% of road traffic in the EU but are responsible for 15% of detected speeding offences.”