2017 Conference: ‘Safer roads: everybody’s opportunity’

Published Fri, 28/07/2017 - 07:46

DELEGATE AND EXHIBITOR bookings are open for the annual conference of the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), which takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport, on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October this year.  

The theme for the conference is ‘Safer roads: everybody’s opportunity’ and the speaker line-up includes top-level representatives of:

·      the National Police Chiefs Council

·      Road Safety GB

·      the European Transport Safety Council

·      the European Commission

·      the German Road Safety Council

·      the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims

Additionally, there will be presentations from academic researchers based in the UK and Norway, with TISPOL President Paolo Cestra and other representatives also sharing their expertise.

The conference will be chaired by Neil Barrett, Head of Technology for TISPOL.

Conference sessions include:

Engagement, enforcement, support

Interceptor Task Force and ANPR Infrastructure (Supt Martin Cleworth, Cheshire Police)
Operation Darwen: effective police/paramedic partnership working to reduce rural motorcycle collisions (Sgt Owen Dillon, Dyfed-Powys Police and Carl Powell, Welsh Ambulance)
The role of the Special Constable in road policing (SC Neil Worth, Sussex Police)
Post crash support: five key lessons (Jeannot Mersch, FEVR)


Road safety priorities

Reaching beyond the quick wins in road safety (Sonya Hurt, Road Safety GB)
Who’s qualified to advise older drivers? (Dr Charles Musselwhite, Swansea University
Enforcement opportunities in an autonomous world (Jarmo Puustinen, TISPOL Finland)
Understanding and tackling the drug-driving problem   (Hallvard Gjerde, Norwegian Institue of Public Health and Grethe Claussen, Norwegian National Mobile Police)

To 2020 and beyond

Changing behaviour: the challenge (Dan Campsall, Road Safety Analysis)                                  
The vital role of good legislation in reducing road casualties (Paolo Cestra TISPOL President)
Understanding our challenge, identifying our opportunity (Antonio Avenoso ETSC)
Five opportunities to improve the impact of police on road safety (CC Anthony Bangham, NPCC)


Following on from the success of previous conferences, organisers have commissioned another suite of short video presentations to complement each of this year’s sessions. Topics include:

collaborative emergency service working
the Lifesaver Legacy – a portrait of improving road safety in Spain
German motorways – the enforcement challenge


TISPOL is committed to promoting the importance of working together to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries on Europe’s roads. TISPOL General Secretary Ruth Purdie commented: “Police services must continue to find ways of making reduced budgets stretch further in all areas of their operations, including policing the roads. Additionally, road safety professionals across Europe want good, evidence-based examples of cost-effective solutions as they continue the journey towards that tough target of halving the number of people killed on Europe’s roads by 2020.


“As ever, we intend this year’s programme to be as practical and useful as possible, by showcasing examples of good practice and how they have successfully been adapted to work elsewhere. Our line-up of speakers and the TISPOL representatives from across Europe are committed to sharing their success stories and ensuring the Conference outputs are both practical and useful.”


To register as a delegate, or to find out more information, please visit the TISPOL website (www.tispol.org).