European Commissioner Adina Valean appreciates DEKRA’s contribution
EU Transport Commissioner Adina Valean advocates a multifaceted approach in the effort to improve road safety, especially that of young people. “To halve fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, we need to use all measures in the road safety toolbox – training and education, enforcement of existing rules, and, increasingly, technological advances”, the Commissioner said at the presentation of the DEKRA Road Safety Report 2022 “Mobility of Young People” in Brussels. “Doing so can save lives, including those of young people, whose fatality rate for road deaths is disproportionately high.”
For years, more young people between the ages of 15 and 29 have died in road accidents worldwide each year than from HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “In order to counteract this efficiently and sustainably in the long term, great efforts are needed by all those involved,” emphasized Jann Fehlauer, Managing Director of DEKRA Automobil GmbH, at the presentation of the report.
Four factors dominate road traffic accidents involving young people in many countries around the world: the majority of them are male, they are on the road in cars or on motorcycles, they are speeding and possibly intoxicated. Even though the number of road users between the ages of 15 and 24 who are killed or seriously injured in accidents has fallen significantly in some cases over the last ten years: in relation to one million inhabitants in this age group, the figures are still mostly well above the average of other age groups.
Various statistics from all parts of the world show: young people are at great risk on the roads – especially as novice drivers. “For all those involved, this should be an unmistakable mandate to counteract with all possible measures”, said Jann Fehlauer. The DEKRA Road Safety Report 2022 shows where to start making efficient use of all the optimization potential that presents itself. There are plenty of areas for action – above all in the areas of people and technology. For example, the major risk factors for novice drivers include a lack of driving experience, overestimating one's own capabilities, inadequate vehicle control, limited perception of danger, distraction from traffic events using digital media, for example, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “All of these are problem areas that should be focused on in the context of driver training even more than they already are” said Fehlauer. In addition to vehicle handling and rules, higher-level skills such as safety-relevant attitudes, selfcontrol, self-observation, and the acceptance of traffic rules should also be taught.
“I am grateful to DEKRA for making young people the focus of this year’s road safety report, and for their work to protect younger road users”, said the EU Transport Commissioner. “We need to enforce safe driving. But we also need a safe system approach, ensuring that our young people have access to safe vehicles and safe infrastructure. We will continue to work with DEKRA to put this approach in place.”
The DEKRA Road Safety Report 2022 “Mobility of Young People” is available for download online at www.dekra-roadsafety.com . All previous reports can also be found there, including more in-depth content, for example in the form of moving images or interactive graphics.