Risks

How many road deaths per year are caused by distraction in traffic? How does alcohol affect road safety? On this page you can find information within the topic 'Risks'.

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Our Road map: road safety data tells you more about the various data sources and provides access to the available data. You can also consult our fact sheets which give you short and clear answers to the most frequently asked questions within this topic.

 

Did you know...

...that more than 40% of all car occupants who die in crashes during weekend nights travel in a car with a young male driver (18-24 years old) behind the wheel?  

Source: report Alcoholgebruik van jongeren in het verkeer op stapavonden (in Dutch)

Publications

Serious alcohol offenders in traffic; Extent of the problem and characteristics of the offenders

Worldwide driving under the influence of alcohol is a large and persistent problem for road safety...

Published: 2016

The relation between traffic offences and road crashes; Preliminary study making use of Central Fine Collection Agency (CJIB) data In the Netherlands, no research has been done as yet into the relation between the number...

Published: 2011

Estimated number of road fatalities due to distraction The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands asked SWOV to make an estimate of the number of road fatalities due to distraction in traffic....

Published: 2013

Interpolis Car Experiment: research findings summarized

The Dutch insurance company Interpolis asked SWOV to investigate the effect of three training courses that focus on the road safety of...

Published: 2016
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In comparison with other substances, the use of alcohol leads to the highest risk of serious or fatal crashes. Also the (frequent) combination alcohol-drugs and alcohol-medicines lead to a greatly increased risk.

dr. Sjoerd Houwing