Former TISPOL President Koen Ricour has received a special award from TISPOL for his excellent service in recent years. Koen, a senior officer with the Belgian Highway Police, has represented his country ably for several years on the TISPOL Council and Executive Committee. He has also led and participated in the TISPOL High Risk Working Group.
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TISPOL has made an outstanding achievement award to Ellen Townsend, Policy Director of the European Transport Safety Council. Ellen is described as “a champion of road safety in Europe, working tirelessly, giving her skill and analysis in identifying issues and trends and seeking solutions to save lives and injuries on the roads of Europe.”
Germany Council member Bernd Heller has been honoured by TISPOL for his role in creating and developing the 24-hour Speed Marathon Blitz operation. The event was conceived to increase public awareness of the dangers of speeding and to give a boost to road safety across Europe. It also serves as an effective way of sharing good practice among TISPOL members, as it is an event that has rapidly gained support.
Reports from France show that at least 42 people have been killed in a crash in the south-west of the country.
The two vehicles are reported to have collided head-on near Libourne, in the Gironde region, east of Bordeaux.
A fire official told the Agence France Presse that the dead were mostly adult passengers on the bus. The lorry driver was also killed.
France's president said he had been "plunged into sadness by the tragedy". Prime Minister Manuel Valls is at the scene.