Results from 'Focus on the Road' operation

Published Sun, 03/11/2019 - 08:34

Distraction in road traffic has risen rapidly as a cause of collisions in recent years. That is the reason that TISPOL continued the operation “Focus on the Road" this year.

From 16 to 22 September 16 countries participated in this operation and checked for the prohibited use of mobile phones, other technical devices and other forms of distraction.

Regulations in European countries are different, but in most of them using a mobile phone without hand-free equipment while driving is forbidden.

Police checked more than 1,465,000 road users at control locations across the 16 countries, with the following results:

47,983 drivers used their mobile phone while driving without hands-free equipment.

23 drivers were detected using their navigation system and 43 others using communication devices such as a tablet or laptop.

587 drivers were detected with other distractions such as watching TV or DVD, or reading a newspaper.

 40 were eating while driving (specifically forbidden in Switzerland and Poland for drivers transporting passengers people).

740 people were using headphones in both ears (forbidden in Serbia, Italy, Hungary and France). In Serbia this is forbidden for pedestrians or cyclists when crossing a street.

These numbers clearly show how important road safety and distraction controls are, as there were still too many drivers distracted by technical equipment instead of paying attention to the road.

But also the overestimation of one's own driving ability and the wrong assessment of traffic situations are often the reason for serious collisions.

During Focus on the Road police checked seat belts compliance too. 

146,530  people didn’t use their seatbelt, which means this is still a huge safety problem.

As part of road policing, officers also looked at other forms of crime. This resulted in 193 cases of drugs and 23 cases of firearms being found in a car stopped by police.

The next TISPOL operation will be “Alcohol and Drugs” from 9 to 15 December.