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Rise in UK deaths linked to decline in traffic police numbers

Rise in UK deaths linked to decline in traffic police numbers

Cuts in traffic police numbers have been blamed for a rise in those killed and seriously injured on UK roads. Figures revealed in February show that overall deaths in the year to September 2014 rose by 1% with the total number for those killed or serious injured up by 4%. The UK Police Federation told the Independent on Sunday newspaper that cuts in the number of specially trained traffic officers and the merger of traffic units has robbed senior officers of a “vital deterrent” in […]

London announces new lorry safety restrictions

London announces new lorry safety restrictions

Older HGVs will have to be retrofitted with sideguards and improved mirrors, or face being banned from London streets from September it has been announced. All roads in Greater London (except motorways) will be covered by the scheme. It will require vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with sideguards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision, along with Class V and Class VI mirrors giving the driver a better view of cyclists and […]

30 km/h limits gaining rapid acceptance across Europe

30 km/h limits gaining rapid acceptance across Europe

Milan is the latest European city to announce plans to introduce 30 km/h zones. The new limits will start to be introduced by March according to an announcement last month. The city’s move reflects growing acceptance of the lower urban speed limits in cities and countries across Europe. The changes follow a decision by the city council of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, to extend 20 mph (32 km/h) zones to cover some 80% of the city’s streets, including the entire city centre.  Paris also […]

New drink driving campaigns launch

New drink driving campaigns launch

Road safety campaigners across Europe have launched their winter drink driving campaigns, as the UK marks 50 years since its first public awareness campaign on the issue. Sikker Trafik, ETSC’s Danish member, has launched its winter drink driving campaign with a warning to drivers not to get behind the wheel if they are unsure of how much they have drunk. The call follows a new survey carried out for the organisation that showed 15% of drivers admitted driving while unsure of whether they had […]

Scotland and Lithuania lower drink drive limits

Scotland and Lithuania lower drink drive limits

Scotland has begun enforcing a new drink driving limit of 0.5 g/l, while Lithuania will introduce a zero tolerance limit for some commercial and novice drivers from next month. Scotland’s limit is now lower than the rest of the UK which still has the weakest in Europe at 0.8 g/l. The new limits, which came into force on 5 December, are supported by ETSC’s UK member PACTS.  The organisation says the limits should be extended to the rest of the UK as the current […]

Germany, UK and France report increases in road deaths

Germany, UK and France report increases in road deaths

Partial data for this year show increases in the numbers of road deaths in the EU’s three most populous countries raising fears that 2014 could mark an end to more than ten years of progress in improving road safety in the EU. UK government figures released earlier this month show a 3% increase in people killed and a 4% increase in people killed and seriously injured (KSI) with a 1.7% increase in traffic during the year ending June 2014. David Davies, executive director of ETSC […]

Online campaign warns of risks on rural roads

‘Brake before the bend’ is the slogan of a new UK public awareness campaign warning of the risks to be found on country roads. Launched by the UK government’s THINK! road safety campaign, the accompanying facts and figures show that 60% of UK road deaths occur on rural roads, 11 times more than the number of motorway deaths. Using computer generated imagery the short clip allows the viewer to see around corners and through buildings and trees.  The powerful film, which ends with a […]

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