NTUA Road Safety Update - October 2017

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The UNECE Global Road Safety Model SafeFITS developed by NTUA is now freely available online. The primary objective of the state of the art “Safe Future Inland Transport Systems (SafeFITS)” model is to assist Governments and Decision Makers to identify the most appropriate road safety policies and measures, allowing them to simulate the impact and effectiveness of different possible interventions based on real-world data.  

Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety stated that: SafeFITS provides a tool to help Member States review their current road safety situation and priorities, assisting them to determine the most appropriate and beneficial policy options for their national context, under the framework of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Latest Developments

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG Move) published the Final Report of “The implementation of Directive 2006/126/EC on driving licences”, with the active contribution of NTUA. The third Directive on driving licences entered into force in January 2013 and provides harmonized rules aimed at enhancing drivers’ freedom to move, reducing the possibility of driving licence fraud and improving road safety in the EU. This Study explores the implementation of the third Directive on driving licences four years after implementation and assesses whether the introduced novelties contributed to achieving the objectives set by the Directive  

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has just published a Report titled ‘Call for mandatory alcohol interlocks in vans, lorries and buses across the EU‘. ETSC is looking at how to reduce the 5.000 deaths still caused by drink-driving in the European Union each year and comes up with two main recommendations: the EU should require alcohol interlocks: a) to be fitted in all new professional vehicles and b) retrofitted to cars used by repeat drink-driving offenders.  Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said that: the alcohol interlock programmes have proven to be one of the most effective measures for tackling repeat drink-driving offences and should be extended across the European Union.

Statistics Corner

The International Road Traffic and Accident Group (IRTAD) of the International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) published recently a new Report, with the active contribution of NTUA, which examines how improving insights regarding the real number of alcohol-related road casualties worldwide can help to save lives.  A total of 45 countries were surveyed with the help of an online questionnaire, and insightful statistics are presented in this Report.  pdf5

IRTAD Chairman, Professor Fred Wegman, highlighted that: “With great certainty, the real number of alcohol-related road casualties is higher than reported in the official statistics”.

Road fatalities in Greece in 2017 presented a significant decrease (10%) compared to 2016 figures, according to recently published ELSTAT data. This significant decrease could be attributed not only to the fact that Greece is still under economic crisis but also and mainly due to the fact that in the first semester of 2017, more than 500 km on new or upgraded motorways have been opened, replacing national roads with high road fatalities rates. pdf5

During the last decade, Greece presents one of the most significant road safety performances in the European Union, with a decrease of road fatalities of 54% and a decrease of serious injuries of 62%. The rate fatalities per million vehicles has decreased by 59% since 2007.

Our Publications

The Albania Road Safety Performance Review Capacity Building Workshop was held with great success in Durres, Albania on 6-7 February 2018, in the framework of the UNECE‘s project “Road Safety Management Capacity Building” project  pdf5. The workshop objective was to provide information, best practice and training in identified priority areas for national government officials and other road safety stakeholders from the NGOs and private sector. pdf5

NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: ppt5  Needs and Uses of Road Safety Data within the UN SafeFITS Model

The 3rd Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems and related developments in Greece, organised by ITS Hellas took place with great success in Athens, on 23-24 January 2018. The aim of the conference was to discuss the latest developments and the wide application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Greece, as a mean of economic development and prosperity and to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and transport safety for the benefit of users and the environment

NTUA’s presentation concerned: ppt5 A Critical Review of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Effectiveness Analysis

The Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors with the support of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Hellenic Society of Automotive Engineers, organized the 3rd Interdisciplinary Conference “Traffic Society and Road Safety: Crossing Glances”, which took place with great success in Athens on 7-8 January 2018. This Interdisciplinary Road Safety Conference brought together all road safety experts, stakeholders and Authorities in Greece in order to discuss current road accident problems and solutions in Greece with emphasis on road safety training and education

NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation: ppt5 Road infrastructure problems and solutions for childrens’ safety

A paper titled “Driving in Mild Cognitive Impairment: the role of depressive symptoms” authored by Ion N. Beratis, Nikos Andronas, Dionysia KontaxopoulouStella Fragkiadaki, Dimosthenis PavlouJohn Papatriantafyllou, Alexandra EconomouGeorge Yannis and Sokratis G. Papageorgiou is now published in Traffic Injury Prevention. Previous studies indicate a negative association between depression and driving fitness in the general population. This paper aimed to cover a gap in the literature and to explore the link between depressive symptoms and driving behavior in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) through the use of a driving simulator experiment. Results indicated that depressive symptoms could be a factor explaining why certain patients with MCI present altered driving skills. Therefore, interventions for treating the depressive symptoms of individuals with MCI could prove to be beneficial regarding their driving performancedoi

The Civil Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens was ranked this year 11th in Europe and 42nd worldwide among all Civil Engineering Schools. This ranking is produced by the QS Organisation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018) based on the following criteria: Research, Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Internationalization, Innovation, Engagement and Access. NTUA road safety activities have contributed to this ranking. 

Professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Dean of the Civil Engineering School highlighted that the Civil Engineering School advanced one position in the European rankings compared to 2017, with best performance in criterion on citations per paper (23rd worldwide).

Point of view

The connected and automated vehicles will have to cope with other automated or not vehicles and connected or not road users (drivers, riders, pedestrians) and a priority negotiation will always be necessary, especially at junctions. The behaviour of both the drivers and of the autonomous vehicles is inevitably dependent to all the other road users. Traffic behaviour can never be continuously stable, it should always be interactive and changing depending on the traffic behaviour of the other road users. Read more...

Upcoming Events

The SafetyCube European Conference on Better Decision Making for Road Safety will take place on 22-23 March 2018, in Vienna. The results of the SafetyCube EC Horizons 2020 research project will be presented, with special focus on the European Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS). This DSS is expected to enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide.  video

The full conference programme is now available: pdf5 and registration is still open: 

The Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA 2018) will take place in Vienna, Austria from 16 to 19 April 2018. TRA is the major European Conference on Transport Research, initiated in 2006 and takes place every two years in another European city. It is supported by the European Commission (EC), the Conference of European Road Directors (CEDR) and the four European Technology Platforms on surface transport: the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), WATERBORNE TP, the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration (ALICE) and the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE).

The International Transport Forum‘s 2018 Summit on “Transport Safety and Security” will be held on 23 – 25 May 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. Since 2008, the Summit brings together Ministers from around the world to share policy perspectives with CEOs, Heads of International Organisations, thought leaders from civil society and academia, and media. The 2018 edition of this vibrant conference will address strategic and topical transport safety issues, including: Cycling, Pedestrians, Urban Space and Health, Planning and Design, Road Infrastructure Safety Management, Measures Assessment, Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries, Safe Travel for Women. link

The ITF, together with ECTRI, ERTRAC, FERSI, TRB and WCTRS, are holding a research day on “Transport Safety and Security” in Leipzig, on Tuesday 22 May 2018, in conjunction with the ITF 2018 Summit. pdf5

The Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly are co-organizing the 7th pan-Hellenic Road Safety Conference, which will be held in Larissa, Greece on October 11-12, 2018. The main objectives of the Conference are to investigate and evaluate the level of road safety in Greece, as well as the efforts and innovations that are designed and implemented to improve road safety of drivers, vehicles and pedestrians in the Greek road network.  pdf5  Abstracts should be submitted prior to April 16th, 2018.

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This Road Safety Update aims to support frequently the Greek and the International Road Safety Community with current key road safety knowledge and data, which is gathered, analysed and organised within the research activities of the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.

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