The Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for drafting legislation on road safety.
The vision for road safety work is that no-one is killed or seriously injured in traffic. The aim is to improve traffic safety continuously, so that the number of road fatalities has been halved and the number of serious injuries has been cut by one fourth by the year 2020. The figures from 2010 are used as the reference.
Improvements to road safety are made in accordance with a Government resolution from 2012 and the Transport Policy Report (2012).
The Ministry of Transport and Communications co-operates with other ministries in combating drink driving and improving traffic control.
Road safety work utilises information and communications technologies in, for example, in-vehicle applications, electronic traffic management and road condition information.
The key players in the field of road safety within the Ministry's administrative branch are the Finnish Transport Agency, Finnish Transport Safety Agency, and Liikenneturva (the central organisation for Finnish traffic safety).
In developing traffic rules and regulations, the wide variety of vehicles and means of transport are taken into account. Attention is also given to the needs of different age groups and special-needs groups, such as people with restricted mobility.
In Finland, anyone driving a vehicle on a road must have the right to drive that category of vehicle in question, i.e. they must hold the appropriate driving licence.