Sanef, Abertis' French subsidiary, has presented the 6th edition of its Observatory on behaviour on toll roads, which has been performing scientific measurements and analysis of driver behaviour since 2012. The Sanef Observatory collects data from a sample of 140,000 vehicles which have travelled on the company's toll roads and analyses aspects such as speed, safety distances and mobile phone use.
In a new development, Sanef included the results of research into the behaviour of drivers on stretches where road works are in progress and the effect on the workplace safety of Abertis' toll road employees in France. In 2017, an average of 3 accidents per week were reported which affected a road services operative, up from the 2016 average of 2 accidents per week reported in France.
Main conclusions from the Sanef Observatory
- Causes: In general terms, the main causes of accidents resulting in fatalities were drowsiness (23%), lack of attention (15%), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (12%) and speed (8%).
- Speed: With regard to speed, 1 in 6 accidents was caused by exceeding the established limits. 41% of light vehicles travelled at over 130 km/hour while 4% exceeded 150 km/hour.
- Use of phone: Regarding mobile phone use, 4.1% held their phone in their hand, which is down slightly compared with 2016.
Thanks to these annual studies the Sanef Group is able to find out about and measure dangerous driver behaviour and then take effective action and improve preventative measures. The data obtained is used to design a range of awareness-raising programmes to encourage drivers to act responsibly behind the wheel.
The Observatory presented in France is an initiative which the Abertis Group, via its Road Safety programme, runs in other countries where it operates including Spain, Brazil and Chile.