Tourists travel to their destination by train, car, airplane, bus, or bicycle. Transport safety is an important link in the value chain of tourism safety also from the viewpoint of the tourism center’s employees and the region’s inhabitants. Measures that improve transport safety involve developing transport vehicle technology, influencing attitudes of vehicle users and those who use transport routes, and improving the region’s infrastructure.

The functioning of different technical devices and services in cold climate must be taken into consideration as a part of tourism safety. One example is ensuring the functioning of off-road vehicles in all conditions. (Ryynänen 2012.) Lapland’s tourism safety and security network is currently developing the safety of off-road motor vehicles. The Road Accident Investigation Team in Lapland provides separate data on off-road accidents. The transport safety of tourism centers has been studied in a separate project.

Main actors: Liikenneturva ry, Road Accident Investigation Team, Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre, Trafi, Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences, Arctic Power.

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Photo: Training exercise in Kemi, September 2012. © Pekka Iivari

Lapland University Consortium theses:
Parikka, K. 2009. Elderly motorists as passenger car drivers: "always think I’ve got years behind me, so I can handle it": inductive content analysis (in Finnish). Pro gradu thesis. Rovaniemi: University of Lapland.

Piironen, J. 2005. European Union as a regulator of accident investigation (in Finnish). Licentiate’s thesis. Faculty of Law. Rovaniemi: University of Lapland.

Uusitalo, T. 2008. Improving road safety (in Finnish). Bachelor’s thesis. Rovaniemi
University of Applied Sciences.

Other publications:
Köngäs, R. 2004. Snowmobile accidents 1992–2003 (in Finnish). Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre. Traffic Safety Committee of Insurance Companies (VALT).

Köngäs, R. 2006. Snowmobile accidents 1992–2005 (in Finnish). Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre. Traffic Safety Committee of Insurance Companies (VALT).

Tourism centers’ transport safety (in Finnish) (Ramboll), Snowmobile accidents 2011.

Piispa, M. 2004. The Konginkangas accident and road safety: a study of articles in four newspapers (in Finnish). Helsinki: Liikenneturva.

Mäkinen, T. 1994. Winter and Road Traffic project: effect of studded tires on travel and drivers’ risk-taking (in Finnish). Helsinki: Finnish Road Administration.

Official reports:
DG Information Society (2003). Information society technologies for transport and mobility: achievements and ongoing projects from the fifth framework program. European Commission report.

European Commission (2003). Saving 20,000 lives in traffic: mutual responsibility (in Finnish). European Commission publication.

Lapland province’s transport safety plan 2007–2010 (in Finnish). (2007). Rovaniemi: Lapland provincial government.

Piironen, J. 2013. Safety research: Legislation that regulates safety research and its relationship to international agreement regulations and EU law (in Finnish). Finnish Transport Agency studies and reports 7/2013: Helsinki.

Pöllänen, M. - Mäntynen, J. 2004. Road traffic safety 2020 (in Finnish). Helsinki: Finnish Road Administration.

Silfverberg, L. 2006. Road safety in zoning (in Finnish). Helsinki: Ministry of the Environment.

WHO report:
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020: saving millions of lives. Viewed 6.6.2012.

National and international research books and articles:
Garase, M. 2006. Road rage. New York: LFB Scholarly Pub.

Mohan, D. 2006. Road traffic injury prevention training manual. Geneva: WHO.

Puohiniemi, M. et al. 1995. Road safety and road maintenance alternatives. A study of the views of different interest groups: outcome report (in Finnish). Helsinki: Finnish Road Administration.

National and international networks and projects:
Autoliitto’s Operation Snowflake. Viewed 7.12.2012.
UN’s and WHO’s
road safety pages.
International Road Safety Week.
Best practices of the road safety sector. Country-specific handbook of measures.
Total Airport Security System. Viewed 26.9.2012.

Additional information:
Ari Karjalainen, Rovaniemi
University of Applied Sciences,, tel. +358 40 510 8427
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