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Young researcher award for ESRA paper on ICADTS Conference 2018, in Edmonton, Canada

TIRF’s Heather Woods-Fry presented ‘Medication & driving: A comparison between Canada, Europe & the United States’ co-authored by TIRF (Canada), Vias institute (Belgium) & AAAFTS (USA). Congratulations on receiving the Young Research Award for this ESRA2 paper.

Vias and TIRF Present the E Survey on Road Users' Attitudes at ICADTS Conference 2019, in Edmonton, Canada

A special session sponsored and co-chaired by AAAFTS

On Monday (19/08/2019) two special sessions of the 22nd ICADTS Conference (International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety) were dedicated to the ESRA initiative. The organization of the sessions was a joint effort of Vias institute (Belgium), TIRF (Canada), and AAAFTS (USA). The presented ESRA results were:

  • ESRA: Cross-national monitoring of road users’ attitudes and performance | Uta Meesmann, Vias institute Belgium
  • ESRA thematic report on driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and drugs: International comparison of 32 countries | Yvonne Achermann Stürmer, BFU Switzerland
  • Medication and driving: A comparison between Canada, Europe and the United States | Heather Woods-Fry, TIRF, Canada
  • Is BAC per se law related to drivers’ perceived attitude, acceptability, and behaviors regarding DUI? | Tara Kelley-Baker, AAAFTS, USA
  • Validation of the theory of planned behaviour in different cultural settings: International comparison of drunk-driving across 5 countries | Uta Meesmann, Vias institute Belgium
  • ESRA - Country comparison of drink-driving typologies| Gerald Furian, KFV, Austria
  • Alcohol related accidents in Europe from the perspective of legislation and road users’ attitudes | Pavlina Skladana, CDV, Tschech Republic
  • Analyses of changes in drink driving behavior, attitudes and norms during a period with reduced drink driving enforcement in Sweden: Results based on the ESRA study | Anna Vadeby, VTI, Sweden

First General Assembly of the African Road Safety Observatory
27-28/06/2019, Durban (South-Africa)
Katrien Torfs

Vias institute was invited to present the first African results at the 1st General Assembly of the African Road Safety Observatory (ARSO) in Durban (South-Africa) on 27-28 June 2019. The focus of the meeting was on data collection in African countries. UNECA, World Bank, WHO and policy makers and research institutions of 39 (!) African countries were represented.

Renault foundation sponsored data collection in 5 African countries (Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya and South-Africa). The presentation by Katrien Torfs (Vias institute) showcased the scientific support that ESRA2 offer for policy makers in the participating countries.


ESRA2 Symposium on Global Road Safety Performance Indicators
18/06/2019, Brussels (Belgium)

ESRA2 partners have hosted the 2nd ESRA Symposium on Global Road Safety Performance Indicators on June 18, 2019 in Brussels (Belgium). The symposium was sponsored by the Forum of European Road Safety Institutes (FERSI)

Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General DG MOVE held the opening speech! Key results on speeding, distraction and fatigue were presented by ESRA2 partners from Germany, Greece and Portugal. You can read the released reports on these topics for more information . Moreover, the 32 country factsheets were released as well.

ESRA at the 3rd International Forum on Vehicle Driving Training and Road Traffic Safety – Integrity and Safety

《第三届机动车驾驶培训与道路交通安全国际论坛 : 诚信与安全》, 20-21 June in Beijing, China


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Wouter Van den Berghe was invited by the Chinese authorities to speak about road safety developments. The title of his presentation was “Understanding the attitudes of drivers”. He presented the road safety situation in Belgium. In addition, he also included a small reflection on how the ESRA survey could contribute to a better understanding of drivers’ attitudes. The ESRA project raised a lot of interest among the Chinese participants.

ESRA in the Portuguese context

PREVENÇÃO RODOVIÁRIA PORTUGUESA (PRP) is one of ESRA’s core partners, and the organisation is based in Lisbon, Portugal. PRP used the ESRA dataset to understand aspects of mobility and road safety in Portugal; several reports were completed on mobility and road safety topics – speed, distraction, fatigue, and drugs and alcohol.

If you are interested in understanding the road safety situation in Portugal, reports by PRP with ESRA data are a good primer. They  can be found here:

ESRA at HUMANIST conference 2018 in the Hague, Netherlands

HUMANIST, Virtual Center for Excellence, is a consortium of research institutes that explores the topic of human behaviour in road safety in relation to vehicle automation, intelligent transport systems, and human machine interaction. This group organises a conference every two years; this year’s event was the 6th edition in the Hague (Netherlands) from June 13 to 14.

On 13 June, Dr. Veerle Ross from the University of Hasselt (Belgium) presented on predictors of distracted driving in a session about the issues of acceptance and trust of automated vehicles – an important topic considering recent crashes involving pedestrians and distracted drivers in self-driving cars. The study was conducted in close collaboration with Vias institute using ESRA data.

ESRA at ITF Summit 2018 in Leipzig, Germany 

ITF Summits are annual events with the largest gathering of transport ministers in the world; they are attended by a diverse group of advisors, experts, and stakeholders. At this year’s summit in Leipzig (Germany), the focus was safety and security in transport which touched on the issues of terrorism, cyber-security, road safety, extreme weather, and autonomous cars.

As part of a safety-oriented ITF agenda, the FIA High Level Panel held its biannual meeting of experts and advisors on 22 May 2018.  In the road safety context, Dr. Maria Segui Gomez, Special Advisor for Road Safety at FiA, presented the latest ESRA results concerning thirteen Latin American countries. Her presentation highlighted the cost-effectiveness of ESRA’s methodology and the potential of the dataset. The ESRA dataset contains a wide range of important road safety topics and themes; it could provide valuable insights for stakeholders, policy makers, planners, and researchers.

ESRA at RS5C Conference 2018 in Jeju, South Korea

Today (18/05/2018) an entire session of the Road Safety on Five Continents Conference (RS5C) in South Korea was dedicated to the ESRA project. Uta Meesmann, Vias institute (Belgium), organized this session and presented an overview on the project's approach, methodology, and most recent results. Ward Vanlaar, Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF, Canada), made a comparison of self-declared mobile use while driving in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Sangjin Han, Korea Transport Institute (KOTI, Korea), presented the results of road users' safety performance and attitudes in South Korea. Gerald Furian, Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit (KFV, Austria), focused in his presentation on the link between subjective safety (ESRA) and objective safety based on crash statistics.  

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ESRA at TRA Conference 2018 in Vienna 


Transport Research Arena (TRA) is the largest transport research conference in Europe, each year around 3,000 experts from all over the world come together to discuss the latest developments in the areas of traffic, transport, and mobility. This year was the 7th TRA conference; it was held on 16-19th April 2018 in Vienna.

Four presentations dedicated to the ESRA results were presented. Uta Meesmann and Wouter Van den Berghe (Vias institute, Belgium) were the first two speakers; they presented the general approach of the project, most recent developments, and highlights of recent results from Latin American countries. Afterward, Yvonne Achermann Stürmer (bfu, Switzerland) gave an overview on driving under the influence. Finally, Gerald Furian (KFV, Austria) made the link between ESRA data and the road crash statistics from the CARE database.

ESRA core group partners also used the occasion to come together for a project meeting on the 19th of April. The meeting was dedicated to the next edition of the ESRA survey which will be launched in October 2018.

In case your country is not yet participating in this consortium and if you are interested, contact us. It is still possible to join this initiative. For more information, please read the flyer below.

ESRA flyer

At the 7th Annual  Assembly of OISEVI in Panama City on 17 April 2018, Dr. Maria Segui Gomez, Special Advisor for Road Safety to FiA, presented the results of the ESRA 2017 report with some help from Leandro Perillo, FiA IV Executive Director of Mobility and Public Policy.  She presented the results of 13 Latin American countries focusing on pedestrian safety, which was the theme of this meeting. More than 100 people attended this presentation including the mayor of Panama city, José Isabel Blandón Figueroa; most of the attendees are professionals working in traffic safety and are members of OISEVI. The meeting was fruitful; representatives of several countries expressed interest in obtaining the ESRA raw data and leveraging them to study road safety attitudes and behaviour of their citizens.

Synthesis of the main findings from the 1st ESRA survey in 25 countries

The updated results of the 1st ESRA survey are now available on this website. The results are based on the answers of almost 27,000 respondents from 25 countries across 4 continents: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America. The field work was carried out in two waves: (1) June/July 2015 (17 countries) , and (2) November 2016 (8 additional countries).

Extension of the 1st ESRA survey in 2016

The first edition of the ESRA survey was a great success both in terms of the cooperation between road safety institutes and the richness of the data. Hence, it may not surprise you that this first edition yielded a lot of interest in other countries, and not only within Europe! For that reason, we have decided to launch a second wave of the survey in the autumn of 2016. Eight new countries joined the initiative: the USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, the Republic of Korea, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Norway. In the beginning of 2017, results of this second wave will be available on the website.

While data collection is being finalized of the first ESRA survey, preparations for the second edition have already started. Several additional countries are expected to join the initiative in 2018! Please feel free to contact us if your country or institution would like to join the second ESRA survey in 2018 (contact)

1st ESRA CONFERENCE - June 2016 - Brussels

Monday 20/06/2016 morning 10:00 – 14:00 (including lunch, registration will start at 9:30)

Brussels, Thon Hotel EU (Rue de la Loi 75)

Presentation of the main results of the ESRA survey 2015 and the first 6 thematic reports

• Speeding

• Driving under the influence of alcohol & drugs

• Distraction & fatigue

• Seat belt & child restraint systems

• Subjective safety & risk perception

• Enforcement & support for road safety policy measures

ONLINE REGISTRATION is closed - 17 June - 15h00