ROADPOL President of Honour Explores

New Road Policing Concept In Fresh Book


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19 NOV - A new citizen-centered system of implementing road safety is the subject of ROADPOL President of Honour Paolo Cestra's new book.

The study by the name “Road Policing. A new concept” is a spin-off of a previous piece by the author. Named “Road policing as a European Union Challenge – Legal and operational aspects of police cooperation and Cross-Border Enforcement”, it represented a thorough accurate research in the field of road safety. It was conducted by the author within the CEPOL European Joint Master Program “Policing in Europe” 2017/2019 and discussed as a Master Thesis at the UNED University of Madrid (Spain).


Road Policing intends to be an effective contribution to the development of a new concept, capable of integrating the current vision of road safety, at present distinguished in traffic policing and vehicles crime prevention, in a different and holistic global approach”, Mr. Cestra explains. “The idea behind the new vision is the concept of the road as a particular world in which the terms of safety can be fully implemented, also with the use of current European police cooperation instruments”, the author adds. The research analyzes the data currently available, also based on the existing literature and taking into account the opinion of road safety experts.


The result makes it possible to affirm that the new Road Policing is based on respect of rules, and no longer only on infrastructure security related to the repression of violations. The new system is citizen-centered, in order to guarantee traffic safety and road user security in all circumstances. Mr. Cestra also believes Road Policing can improve the reduction of number of deaths on the roads as well as having clear impact on efforts against stolen vehicle trafficking and crimes on highways and motorways.


Paolo Cestra, a graduate in Law, Public Administration Science and International Relations, is the first executive of the State Police of Italy. He is the Italian representative at the SELEC - Southest European Law Enforcement Center and an expert on the subject "Migratory flows and state security" at the Department of Law of the University of Foggia. He boasts over twenty years of experience in the traffic police sector and is the author of numerous legal publications in Italian and English.

The book features a special contribution by Eugenio Zaniboni, Professor of International Law, International Labor Law and International Migration Law at the University of Foggia and a preface by Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director at European Transport Safety Council. It is available paper/e-book at: