Intensive police surveillance of safety devices and factors causing inattentiveness

Publication date 14.9.2022 13.05
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The police will conduct a nationwide monitoring operation on 16-22 September 2022 on the use of seat belts and protective helmets as well as inattentiveness in traffic. Monitoring of inattentiveness includes the distractive use of technical devices while driving a vehicle or tram as well as the use of a handheld mobile phone by the driver of a motorised vehicle or tram while driving.

According to the Finnish Crash Data Institute (OTI), 61, almost half, of the 131 casualties in accidents involving a passenger car or van were not wearing a seat belt. Road accident investigation teams have estimated that 26 of the casualties could have survived had they been wearing a seat belt.

Chief Superintendent Heikki Ihalainen at the National Police Board says that wearing a seat belt also has an important role in collisions at speeds in built-up areas since a seat belt might either completely prevent injuries from occurring or significantly reduce them.

“Inattentiveness typically involves the driver using a handheld mobile phone while driving. Taking one’s eyes off the road for a few seconds because of a message is particularly dangerous. The distractive or hazardous use of other technical devices is also prohibited while driving,” says Ihalainen.