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European Parliament backs safer lorries

Safer lorries with better protection for vulnerable road users could be on the way following a vote in the European Parliament.

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The European Parliament has given the green light to an automated emergency call system to be fitted to all new types of car.

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Drink Driving

Stopping drink driving in Europe could save 6,500 lives every year. Find our more about how different countries across Europe are tackling the issue.

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Drink driving is reponsible for the deaths of thousands of Europeans every year. Read our report on policies being used to tackle the problem across Europe.

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According to ETSC data, around 4300 people died in collisions involving lorries in 2011. Read our briefing on EU proposals to make HGVs safer.

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This legislation is a step forward because it will enable innovative new designs that include crumple zones along with better visibility and protection of car occupants, pedestrians and cyclists.
Antonio AvenosoEurActiv
Some countries are using (alcohol interlocks) to prevent drink drivers from reoffending. These solutions are working in other European countries and could also work in Italy.
Antonio AvenosoCorriere della Sera
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has also examined the survivability of aircraft accidents worldwide, estimating that 90 percent are survivable (no passengers died) or “technically survivable," where at least one occupant survives.
The European Transport Safety Council also welcomed the vote, saying better visibility would be especially important for cyclists and pedestrians in urban areas. Its data found nearly 4,300 people died in collisions involving lorries in the EU in 2011.
The European Union must take note and recognise the role that it can and must play in tackling the scourge of drink-driving.
Antonio AvenosoEuropean Voice

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Summary of new traffic laws coming into force next month in Spain via @elpaisinenglish. @fmapfre http://t.co/AsX5WA94Jm13 hours ago
RT @guardian: Apple's iPhone 'lock-out’ patent could end texting while driving http://t.co/WjbhFhVFrz14 hours ago
Video: DK - an intelligent speed bump on the Øresund bridge will only affect #speeding motorists http://t.co/Sc8QJm4Fwl h/t @SikkerTrafik2 days ago
Fit to Drive - 8th International Traffic Expert Congress, Warsaw - May 8-9. Last chance to register http://t.co/rCKG4CIpjN @vdtuev_news2 days ago
UK: Switching off street lights has led to a big rise in deaths, according to new figures http://t.co/Ti8a1vLBSi3 days ago
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