SafetyNet was an Integrated Project funded by DG-TREN of the European Commission. The objective of the project was to build the framework of a European Road Safety Observatory, which will be the primary focus for road safety data and knowledge, as specified in the Road Safety Action Plan 2003. The Observatory will support all aspects of road and vehicle safety policy development at European and national levels.


SafetyNet has made new proposals for common European approaches in several areas including exposure data and Safety Performance Indicators. It has extended the CARE database to incorporate the new EU Member States and has developed new fatal and in-depth accident causation databases. It has also developed new statistical methods that can be used to analyse combined macroscopic and other data.


This Observatory website will be incorporated within the Commission website.


22 institutes from 17 countries have cooperated in the SafetyNet project. This project lasted for four and a half years and has been completed in 2008.


Click here to download a concise overview of the project.


Click here for the Final Activity Report.


The following table gives a brief overview of and links to relevant output of SafetyNet.





Guidelines and manuals

Other results





         Final Activity Report


Care Accident data

         Enhancement of the CARE accident data


Risk exposure data

         State of the Art Report

         Risk Exposure Data Common Framework (pertaining: Annexes)


Safety Performance Indicators

         Safety Performance Indicators: Theory

         SPIs for Trauma Management: Theory Update

         SPIs for Daytime Running Lights: Theory Update

Care Accident data

         Annual Statistical Report 2008

         Main Figures

         Children (Aged <16)

         Young People (Aged 16-24)

         The Elderly (Aged >64)



         Motorcycles and Mopeds

         Car Occupants

         Heavy Goods Vehicles & Buses



         Urban Areas


Safety Performance Indicators

         Road Safety Performance Indicators: Country Profiles

         Road Safety Performance Indicators for Alcohol and Drugs: Updated Country Profiles

         SPIs for Alcohol: Data Quality Study

Care Accident Data


         The Common Accident Data Set (CADaS) (pertaining: Appendices)


Risk exposure data

         Risk Exposure Data Recommendations for collection and exploitation


Safety Performance Indicators

         SPI Manual

Care Accident data

         First Classification of the EU Member States on Risk and Exposure Data

         Estimation Real Number of Road Accident Casualties

         Harmonising national road accident data: Development of transformation rules

         The CARE Data in Perspective


Safety Performance Indicators

         Road Safety Performance Indicators: Updated Country Comparisons

         SPIs for Roads: Pilots in four countries

         SPIs for Speed: pilots in two countries


         Fatal Data Methodology Development Report

         In depth Accident Causation Data Study Methodology Development Report


         Glossary of Data Variables for Fatal and Accident Causation Databases

         Manual for DREAM 3.0

         Fatal Accident Database Development and Analysis

         In-depth Accident Causation Database and Analysis Report


Accident investigation

         Bibliographical Analysis

         Database Transparency

         Workshop report

         Recommendations for Transparent and Independent Road Accident Investigation


Statistical analysis

         Multilevel Modelling and Time Series Analysis in Traffic Safety Research Methodology


         Multilevel Modelling and Time Series Analysis in Traffic Safety Research Manual

         Analysis of the Fatal Accident Investigation Database

         Multivariate Time Series Analysis of SafetyNet data

         Time Series Applications on Road-Safety Developments in Europe

         SUNflowerNext: Towards a composite road safety performance index

Fact sheets on road safety topics






         Novice drivers

         Older Drivers

         Cost-benefit analysis

         Post Impact care

         Road Safety Management


         Safety Ratings


         Speed Enforcement

         Pedestrians and Cyclists

         Powered two wheelers

         Vehicle Safety


         Work-related road safety

         Quantitative road safety targets

ERSO website




         ERSO Promotion Pack


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