The Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for drafting legislation on road safety.
The vision for road safety work is that one-one is killed or seriously injured in traffic. The aim is to improve traffic safety continuously, so that by 2020 the number of road fatalities has been halved and the number of serious injuries has been cut by one fourth from the 2010 figures.
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 cooperates with other ministries in combating drunken driving and in developing traffic control.
Road safety work makes use of information and communications technology via in-vehicle applications, electronic traffic management, and road condition information, for example.
The key players in the field of road safety within the Ministry's branch of government are the Finnish Transport Agency, Finnish Transport Safety Agency, and Liikenneturva - the central organisation for Finnish traffic safety work.
Traffic rules and regulations are laid down in the Road traffic act (267/1981). Their purpose is to improve road safety and ensure the smooth flow of traffic. In developing traffic rules and regulations, the great variety of vehicles and means of transport are taken into account. Attention is also given to the needs of different age groups and special groups, such as people with restricted mobility.