More engagement of youth in road safety

More engagement of youth in road safety
Road crashes are still the biggest cause of death and disability for young people, in both the world and Europe. 19% of road fatalities in the EU in 2010 affected young people aged between 18-25 years old (although this age group comprise only 10% of the total population). This means that those aged between 18-25 face almost twice as high a risk of dying in traffic accidents.

The European Commission is therefore dedicating its 4th European Road Safety Day to young people.
The day is marked by a conference, jointly organised with the Cyprus Presidency, taking place today in Nicosia, bringing together youth groups, road safety organisations and road safety officials from all EU Member States, as well as from neighbouring countries for a day of discussions, presentations and workshops.

Young people aged between 18 and 25 are over-represented in road traffic fatalities.
In 2010:
– 31 000 fatalities in road accidents involved young people between 18 and 25 years old – 80% were boys and 20% girls.
– In 40 % of fatal accidents a young driver was involved.
– 25% of fatalities involving car drivers are young people – 81% boys and 19% girls.
– Road fatalities of young people per transport mode: 66% passenger cars, 20% power two wheelers, 2% pedestrians, 8% pedal , 4% others ( HGV, bus …)

In Cyprus, the figures are even more alarming, this age group represented 23% of all road fatalities.
More data on road accidents per age group and country can be found in the European Commission CARE database.

In order to reach the ambitious objective of cutting road deaths in Europe in half by 2020, young people must be actively involved.
The European youth must be encouraged to contribute to road safety, for example by sharing their own ideas on new ways forward.

For more information:
[ ]European Commission road safety policy website
[ ]Website of the Directorate-General Mobility and Transport
[ ]Website of Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport Siim Kallas
[ ]European Commission CARE database
[ ]EU road safety action plan 2011-2020
[ ]Road safety video
[ ]European Youth Forum for road safety