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US states strengthen alcohol interlock laws

US states strengthen alcohol interlock laws

The US state of Pennsylvania has mandated alcohol interlocks for first time drink driving offenders. Meanwhile Virginia has set new requirements for the devices to be fitted with cameras to ensure the driver is the one taking the breath test before starting the engine. Pennsylvania’s alcohol interlock law previously applied to repeat offenders – the changes mean that first time offenders can also face the requirement. The law is expected to come into force next year. The campaign group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) […]

40% of Irish road deaths related to drink driving

40% of Irish road deaths related to drink driving

A new report from ETSC’s Irish member, the Road Safety Authority (RSA), has revealed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions in Ireland. The report, analysed police forensic fatal collision investigation files in order to identify the main contributory factors in collisions. 983 fatal collisions occurred on Irish roads between 2008 and 2012, claiming the lives of 1,077 people. The forensic details of 867 fatal collisions were analysed to identify the cause of the collisions […]

Lithuania to trial alcohol interlocks on school busses

Lithuania to trial alcohol interlocks on school busses

Lithuania is to trial installation of alcohol interlocks on school busses. The trial, on 10 busses in one school district, will be rolled out to other regions if successful, according to the transport ministry. The move follows similar requirements introduced nationally in France and Finland. The Belgian government has also said it favours the devices for use in public transport.

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

A report by the Spanish Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD) and the Mapfre Foundation has concluded that in the previous six months nearly 64% of people aged between 16 and 30 had travelled in a car driven by someone who had drunk “substantial” alcohol. 32% said the same with regard to travelling with drivers who had consumed marijuana. The study concludes that the highest risk group of youngsters is male with more than five years of driving experience. However, Maria Segui, head […]

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Declines in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences are contributing to Europe’s failure to cut the numbers dying in road collisions, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of two new reports on road safety. More than 26,000 people died on EU roads last year, the first increase since 2001 according to the ETSC annual road safety performance index (PIN) report. Exceeding speed limits, drink or distracted driving and a failure to wear a seat belt are still the leading causes […]

Heineken’s F1 sponsorship criticised

Heineken’s F1 sponsorship criticised

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance has written to Jean Todt, president of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile to call for an end to alcohol brand sponsorship in Formula 1 racing. Heineken recently launched a new five-year sponsorship agreement with F1, a deal which includes trackside billboards, social media and other promotional activities. Eurocare says alcohol brands are now dominating F1 sponsorship, “linking a popular motor sport to a significant cause of avoidable physical, mental and social harm and more specifically one of the major […]

Zero stars for more Indian cars

Zero stars for more Indian cars

The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP released in May continue to disappoint. All five models were rated as zero star. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed low levels of adult occupant protection. The Renault Kwid was tested in three versions, including one with airbags, but each was rated as zero star for adult safety. Commenting on the latest crash test results, David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said: “The latest […]

Five transport ministers say it’s time for Europe to tackle serious road injuries

Five transport ministers say it’s time for Europe to tackle serious road injuries

The transport ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have added to calls for the European Union to come forward with a target to reduce the numbers of people seriously injured in road collisions. In a declaration signed in Prague today at a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries, the ministers wrote “that traffic crashes cause an unacceptable human, social and economic loss and harm physically, psychologically and materially the victims and their relatives.” They called for a target to […]

India to require daytime lights for motorcycles

India to require daytime lights for motorcycles

India will require new motorcycles to be fitted with headlights that switch on automatically from next year in a bid to improve the visibility and safety of motorcyclists. From April 2017, powered two wheelers will need to automatically switch on the headlight when the ignition switch is turned on. The measure may actually save money once implemented because it effectively removes the need for an on/off switch for the headlights. In Europe, daytime running lights or auto-on headlights are already required on new motorcycles […]

London to require ISA on all new buses from next year

London to require ISA on all new buses from next year

Transport for London (TfL) has completed trials of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology fitted to buses, proving that the technology can be used to control speeds on London’s bus network. The trials form part of the city’s commitment to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured on London’s roads by 2020. The technology was fully tested on two bus routes that included a variety of road environments and differing speed limits. All buses fitted with ISA remained within the speed limit 97-99 […]

Portugal’s penalty points system launches 1 June

Portugal’s penalty points system launches 1 June

Portugal’s long-awaited penalty points system for offences including speeding and drink driving will take effect from 1 June. The Carta de Condução por Pontos will see drivers issued with 12 points by default, with between two and six points taken away every time an offence is recorded. Drivers with only four points left will need to take additional road safety training, while those with two will have to retake the driving theory test.  Loss of all points will result in a two year driving ban, […]

France installing 10,000 dummy speed cameras

France installing 10,000 dummy speed cameras

France has begun a major programme to triple the number of ‘safety zones’ covered by its speed camera programme.  From February the government began installing 10,000 dummy cameras across the country. The move is one of a number of new measures introduced in response to two years of annual increases in road deaths. France currently has some 4,200 active speed cameras, this number is expected to increase by 500 over the next three years. But the installation of the 10,000 dummy units will see […]

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg added ten new speed cameras on secondary roads in May, following the successful entry-into-service of the country’s first ten devices in March. A third batch is due to become operational next year. In the first month of operation of the new network the government reported that 44,006 vehicles had been recorded for speed infractions, more than 20% of which were foreign registered vehicles mostly from Belgium, France and Germany.  

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

New figures show numbers speeding on motorways

Data from the UK and Belgium have revealed large numbers of drivers speeding on motorways. The UK figures, released to the BBC following a freedom of information request, found that more than 2000 drivers had been fined for speeding at more than 100 mph (160 km/h) in the last year. In Belgium ETSC’s member the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) has published results of its annual speed survey showing that 1 in 7 drivers on Belgian motorways exceeds 140 km/h, the speed limit being […]

Telematics cut speeding by 97% says UK fleet manager

Telematics cut speeding by 97% says UK fleet manager

The introduction of telematics systems in the vehicle fleet of Andrew Page, a distribution company with 900 vehicles, reduced speeding by 97% and crashes by 47% as well as reducing maintenance costs and improving fuel economy according to a report in the Financial Times newspaper. Take-up of telematics systems is increasing, with industry experts expecting them to be integral in all fleets within five and seven years’ time. Resistance amongst drivers may also be decreasing, according to the FT.  It cited a 2015 survey […]

Ford says Intelligent Speed Assistance proving popular

Ford says Intelligent Speed Assistance proving popular

Ford says 95% of customers are opting for its version of Intelligent Speed Assistance, known as Intelligent Speed Limiter, to be fitted on new Galaxy and S-Max models sold in Europe. The announcement was made at an ETSC event organised together with the Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) in Dublin in April.  Ford says the technology will soon be available on a third model, the Edge four-wheel drive. A new report from the RSA launched at the conference revealed that between 2008 and 2012, […]

21 September 2016 – European Day Without A Road Death

21 September 2016 – European Day Without A Road Death

TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, is planning a new road safety campaign day known as Project EDWARD – European Day Without A Road Death. The organisation hopes to interest policymakers, road safety professionals, politicians, police officers, manufacturers and the general public to raise awareness of the 2020 target to reduce road deaths. There is already support from all 30 TISPOL member countries, and a growing number of road safety organisations, including ETSC have pledged to work with TISPOL to promote the message as […]

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

EU rules on safety approvals for new cars will need to be revised to include ‘driving tests’ for automated and fully-autonomous vehicles according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). ETSC says the EU is far from answering the many research and regulatory questions that must be considered before automated and autonomous vehicles can be put on sale. The report says the priority must be ensuring that the promised safety benefits are delivered in real world driving. One challenge will […]

New York State to consider ‘textalyser’ technology

New York State to consider ‘textalyser’ technology

Two New York State politicians, together with a road safety advocacy organisation are aiming to introduce a new law requiring police to scan drivers’ mobile phones for possible activity in the run up to collisions. The proposed legislation is linked to development of technology nicknamed a ‘textalyser’ which claims to be able to scan a mobile device for recent activity such as calling or texting, without releasing personal information. The system could be carried out by police at the crash site, much as drivers […]

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

The European Commission, for the first time, published a figure last month for the number of people seriously injured on Europe’s roads : 135,000 in 2014. The release of the data required the adoption, by all EU member states, of a standardised medical definition of what constitutes a serious road injury, as well as a standardised way of collecting the statistics. ETSC welcomed this long overdue and positive step in the right direction, but says a long term target and specific measures to reduce […]

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