Drug-taking among road users

Driving under the influence of drugs poses a serious problem for the security on the streets. The level of knowledge about the risk potential by driving under the influence of drugs is investigated far less than by driving under the influence of alcohol. According to a new dark field study of the KFV about 177.000 people  admit  that they have steered a vehicle although they stood (still) under drug influence all over Austria during the last 12 months. These are about 4% of all austrian drivers between 17 to 65 years.  ZVR 2018-02

20 Years driving licence law

For two decades the driving licence being is devoloped in Austria as its own legal spring in an European harmonised frame and turns out to an exceedingly living matter. There are about 6,6 million motor vehicles and every year nearly 170.000 steering authorisations of all classes are given. ZVR 2017-11 

Road traffic law - base of the road safety

Laws and their effects on the accident statistics

Road traffic law is a field of emotions. Fears and agressions, states of mind and motivations meets in a compex area. Nothing has changed, since automobile replaces carriage and even today missing consideration and forethought, hubris and distraction are the essential causes of accidents. Briefly speaking: all too human. Article in the Festschrift „Karl-Heinz Danzl" 2017

The perception of risks in road traffic

Selected results from the latest prevention monitor - an interview about questions of security all over Austria

More than one third of the interviewed Austrian have the feeling, that traffic accidents have grown in the last ten years - in spite of a positive development of the accident statistics. The future development be equally pessimistic: two third of the Austrian worry about an increase of the traffic accidents in the next five years; only one fifth expect an decrease. Persons, which expect an increase in the traffic accidents found this in rising traffic and an increase of ruthlessness and a lack of discipline as well as growing aggressive behaviour.ZVR 2017-10

News from Brussels and Luxembourg

The european traffic system currently runs trough radical changes. With the strategy "Europe in movement" the commission would like to make a contribution to the modernisation of the traffic in Europe. At the same time the commission wants to provide 2.7 billion euros for more than 150 central projects. Rail connections schould be modernised, international connections should be improved, stations with alternative fuels and innovative solutions for the traffic management should be made. ZVR 2017-08

The alternative proving system (ABS)

Alcohol lock systems for alcohol remarkable drivers: an overview about the new regulationsein

With the start of the "alternative proving System" on the 1st of September 2017, Austria joins the countries in which alcohol-remarkable drivers can go to a programme with alcohol lock as an alternative to the withdrawal of the driving licence. The following article delivers a clear representation of the new FSG-ABSV. ZVR 2017-08

Traffic Planning for Children

Qualitative Analysis of routes to School from the Child's Perspective

The increasing complexity and the increase in traffic make traffic participation for children more and more dangerous and uncomfortable. As a result, there has been a decrease in children's autonomous mobility. To counter this trend, particularly every-day routes should be created in a child-friendly manner. In order to make that possible, children have to be involved in the planning phase. ZVR 2017-08

200 Years of the Bike

Looking back and at the traffic safety challenges ahead.

In the past 200 years, the bike as a mode of transportation has changed and developed continously. As such the bike in its various forms has remained a popular vehicle for leisure time sports and transportation. However, there is a clear need to improve bike safety in road traffic. ZVR 2017-06

Bike Safety: KFV-Seminar and Expert Discussion

What does it tak eot optimize condititions for bike safety in traffic? More than 200 experts got together to discuss potential measures to reduce biking accidents. ZVR 2017-06

News from Brussels and Luxembourg

Recommendations for changes to the regulations for professional drivers started a surge of updates to the traffic sector. ZVR 2017-04

Circumstances Surrounding Motorcycle Accidents in Urban Areas

Looking at Motorcycle Accidents involving cars from different perspectives

The proportion of motorcycle casualties in comparison to all traffic accidents has been alarmingly high over the past few years. Especially within cities there are more and more motorcycle casualties annually. As a result, the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) investigated the impact of infrastructure and the behavior of motorcyclists as well as other traffic participants on the circumstances of accidents. ZVR 2017-04

Pave the Way for the Micro-Scooter!

37% of the parents with kids aged 6-10 years of age indicated in a recent survey that their children go places on their own with their micra-scooters, which they practiced beforehand, for the most part. Apparently, there is a real need for mobility that is not conform with legal regulations which do not allow children to ride their scooters on their own. Additional, many parents are not aware of the age restrictions. This leads to the question whether or not these regulations should be reconsidered. ZVR 2017-02

European Traffic Safety Policy until 2020

Road safety will continue to play an important part in the next few years, in a European as well as an Austrian policy context. Guiding principles, programs and declarations of the decision makers set the framework but a more detailed prediction of the next steps is difficult to deduce. This analysis of legal acts, other documents and expert opinions, however, offers a reliable and sound estimation of topics and activities on the agenda until 2020. ZVR 2016-12

Recommendation for Safe Routes to Primary Schools to Increase Traffic Safety for Students on Foot

One way to increase road safety for students walking to school are safey route recommendations to primary schools, including recommendations of how to behave in potentially dangerous situations. As part of an analysis of the program to test its effectiveness, level of awareness and demand for them, accident rates were analyzed and interviews with experts as well as surveys of school directors and parents were conducted. Results were used for recommendations of how to use this in the future.  ZVR 2016-10