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Enforcement of rules on drink-driving and mobile phone use at the wheel decreases in majority of European countries

22 March 2022

Significant weaknesses in the enforcement of road safety rules are holding back progress on reducing road deaths in Europe, according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council. The report examines the state of enforcement of speed limits and seatbelt wearing as well as rules on drink-driving and use of mobile devices at the wheel between 2010 and 2019 across Europe.

It shows that roadside checks for drink-driving fell in eight countries, and increased in five.  A further 13 countries do not even collect national data on the number of checks, which ETSC says makes it harder for those countries to track their own progress on a critical road safety issue.

The full report can be downloaded here.