The information and views set out in this study are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Commission. The Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this study. Neither the Commission nor any person acting on the Commission’s behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Background to the study
The European Commission has a specific interest in understanding road safety risks associated with road users who are distracted and inattentive as a result of using technology. Understanding this topic will help to support an important policy objective of the European Commission – that of identifying road safety risks (so that appropriate measures can be taken).
In this study, TRL, TNO and Rapp Trans undertook a number of tasks to answer the following research questions:

  • What is the nature and size of the distraction problem in road safety in the EU?
  • Which approaches and countermeasures have been used to reduce the road injury burden of distraction?
  • Which ‘best practice’ approaches should be used by EU states in their efforts to reduce the road injury burden of distraction (including an assessment of costs and benefits)?