Poland

Situation

Poland

The number of road traffic crashes and resulting injuries has steadily declined in recent years, as Poland has invested more resources and given greater focus to developing a culture of road safety. However, more than 3,000* people are still killed annually in Poland as a result of road traffic crashes, with over 40%* of all deaths being drivers and passengers of cars.

The country has implemented a body of road safety practices, including national speed limits and seat-belt laws, of which these measures are moderately enforced. Despite drink-driving laws being well enforced, 16%* of all road traffic deaths are noted as involving alcohol.

With the cost of road traffic crashes high at approximately 2.0%* of country’s GDP, Poland is focused on reducing the incidence of accidents and injuries. As such, GRSP Poland is one of our most active in-country organisations and has accomplished an array of achievements, which have to led to notable improvements in road safety.

(*WHO 2015)

GRSP activities

Activities

Advocacy:
Supporting and building the capacity of civil society organizations to advocate for the passage and implementation of evidence-based road safety policies.

Programmes

Road user groups

Pedestrians

With more than 270 000 pedestrians killed on roads each year, they account to almost a quarter of all road traffic casualties annually. Certain roads, especially in low and middle income countries, completely fail to separate road users from the rest of the road users, which put them in imminent danger.

Risk factors

Members Collaboration

Royal Dutch Shell

IFRC engagement

Website Carrying out RS activites Interested in expanding RS work
Polish Red Cross Yes Yes

National laws

Lead agency: National Road Safety Council

Speed limit law

Motorcycle helmet law

Child restraint law

Drug-driving law

Drink-driving law

Seat-belt law

Mobile phones while driving law

Crash data

Annual road fatalities

3,931*

Fatalities per 100K pop. per year

10.3

Population

38,216,635

Estimated GDP loss

1.9%

Registered vehicles

24,875,717

Income group

High*

Poland news

More country profiles

X