Norwegian state secretary, Tom Cato Knutsen, receiving the PIN-prize on behalf of the Norwegian governement  . Photo: Simon Johannsson/EU-del.Norwegian state secretary, Tom Cato Knutsen, receiving the PIN-prize on behalf of the Norwegian governement . Photo: Simon Johannsson/EU-del

European prize for road safety to Norway

Last updated: 21.06.2016 // Norway received the “Road Safety PIN Award for Outstanding Progress in Road Safety” in Brussels on June 20.

117 persons died in traffic in Norway in 2015. This means that the traffic mortality rate in Norway is lower than in any other country, and makes Norwegian roads the safest roads in the world.

The prize is handed out annually by the independent European traffic safety organization The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). In ETSC’s justification for giving Norway the 2016 PIN Award, they point out the 57 percent reduction in number of deaths caused by traffic from year 2001 to 2015.

“The price is an inspiration to continue the work on road safety and to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by traffic”, said the Norwegian state secretary, Tom Cato Karlsen, when he received the prize on behalf of the Norwegian government.

Seminar on road safety

About 100 persons from both the public and private sector were present at Norway House for the prize ceremony and seminar on road safety.

During the seminar, ETSC launched “The PIN Report 2016”, an annual report on road safety in Europe. 2015 was the second consecutive poor year for road safety in Europe; 26,300 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2015, compared to 25 970 in 2014. The EU has committed to improve road safety by setting a target or reducing road deaths by 50 percent by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.

The participants showed much interest in Norway’s experiences and results from the work on road safety. ETSC gives praise to Norway for developing measures targeted at specific high-risk groups, identifying and improving collision hotspots and following a clearly defined national strategy with short, medium and longterm targets. 

Video: Watch state secretary Karlsen answer questions on Norway’s road safety.

Read the interview with Minister of Transport and Communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, in the ETSC report here.

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