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EU member state backing for cross-border road safety enforcement welcomed

EU member state backing for cross-border road safety enforcement welcomed

European Parliament urged to green-light revised proposal ahead of May 2015 European Court deadline Road safety campaigners and European traffic police have welcomed the agreement, in today’s meeting of EU transport ministers under the Italian EU Presidency, to back a change to rules on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding.The European Commission published a revised cross-border enforcement law in July. The proposal was launched in response to a European Court of Justice ruling in May that said the existing rules, which only came […]

Enforcement marathon yields increase in German speeders

Enforcement marathon yields increase in German speeders

The second annual nationwide speed enforcement marathon in Germany registered 93,000 speed violations in 24 hours. Of the more than three million motorists checked, approximately three percent were going too fast according to figures released by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior in September. More than 13,000 police officers worked at 7,500 locations in the hunt for speeders in all 16 German states; 10,000 more speeding offences than last year were recorded despite the fact that 2,000 fewer police were in place to […]

France considers lower BAC limits for novice drivers

France considers lower BAC limits for novice drivers

A new report for the French interior ministry recommends lowering the drink-driving limit in France to 0.2g/l for those who have held a driving license for less than two years. The 319-page report, seen by Le Parisien newspaper says: “Given the inexperience of new drivers, their accident rates and the impact on response times of even a slight amount of alcohol, a reduction of the alcohol limit for novice drivers makes sense.” France remains one of only a handful of EU countries not to […]

First section control trial in Germany

First section control trial in Germany

The government of Lower Saxony has announced that it will host Germany’s first trial of average speed checks, also known as ‘section control’. The decision by Germany’s second largest state has been welcomed by the German Road Safety Council (DVR). The announcement comes several years after neighbouring countries Austria, The Netherlands and Switzerland introduced the technology. The delay in Germany was partly due to concerns over data protection. The DVR says that the system will be able to delete the data on non-speeders immediately, […]

Call for more out-of-town speed checks in Switzerland

Call for more out-of-town speed checks in Switzerland

ETSC’s Swiss member BFU has called for an increase in the number of speed controls outside of urban areas, pointing to 2013 statistics that showed 52% of speeding-related serious injuries and deaths occurred on inter-urban roads where only 4% of speed checks were currently being carried out. 98% of speed controls in Switzerland are carried out by fixed safety cameras, the remaining 2% by non-automatic cameras placed in special locations or in vehicles. BFU says the impact on driver behaviour is biggest when automatic […]

Greek campaign targets tourists

Greek campaign targets tourists

A large-scale public awareness campaign was launched this Summer in Greece by ETSC member the Road Safety Institute ‘Panos Mylonas’ targeting holidaying foreigners and locals. Greece has a relatively poor road-safety record with a notable spike in deaths and serious injuries over the high summer season: 211 people died and 280 were seriously injured on the roads in just two months between 20 June and 27 August 2013 according to police data. The campaign, in Greek and English, ran on tv, radio, outdoor media […]

EU urged to fast-track revised law on cross-border enforcement of traffic rules

EU urged to fast-track revised law on cross-border enforcement of traffic rules

New legal proposal could save 350-400 lives a year Brussels – Road safety campaigners and European traffic police are urging the EU to fast-track the adoption of a modified law on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences such as speeding. The modified rules, published today by the European Commission, come in response to a European Court of Justice ruling in May that said the existing law, which came into force in November last year, had been adopted on an incorrect legal basis. The ECJ has […]

Modified cross-border enforcement proposal expected

Modified cross-border enforcement proposal expected

A revised proposal to enable EU member states to enforce traffic penalties for offences committed by foreign motorists, such as speeding, is expected to be published by the European Commission later this month. The European Court of Justice ruled in May that the legal basis of the Directive on Cross-Border Exchange of Information related to road safety, which came into force in November 2013, was incorrect. The Court has granted a one-year transition period, meaning the current rules will remain in effect until May 2015. A European […]

EU court says cross-border enforcement law had wrong legal basis

EU court says cross-border enforcement law had wrong legal basis

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the legal basis of the directive on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences, which came into force in November, was incorrect. In a case brought by the European Commission, the court said the correct legal basis should be transport. But, given the importance of the law for road safety, the ECJ said the current rules could stay in place while a new proposal is agreed. ETSC is calling on the EU to agree a new proposal as […]

Belgium crowd-sources speed hotspots

Belgium crowd-sources speed hotspots

ETSC’s member the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BIVV-IBSR), has used a crowd-sourcing technique to aid the police in planning Belgium’s first speed enforcement ‘marathon’. Internet users were invited to send in speeding hotspots using a website with a map tool. 50,000 locations were suggested via the ‘I flash too’ website, a reference to the familiar sight of speed camera flashes. The crowd-sourcing element was added to the national enforcement marathon concept begun in Germany last year when 15,000 police officers checked 3 million cars, […]

Opinion: EU legislation needed on drink-driving

Opinion: EU legislation needed on drink-driving

This article, by ETSC’s Executive Director Antonio Avenoso, was first published in the European Voice. The town of Kamienn Pomorski in Poland is still in shock following a tragedy that took place on New Year’s Day. A 26-year-old drunk driver drove his BMW into a crowd of people, killing six. One boy who was seriously injured lost both his parents and his brother. The incident has provoked media outrage and a huge public debate in Poland. But the European Union too must take note and […]

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