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Concern over Finnish proposals to weaken traffic law

Published Thu, 13/07/2017 - 09:28

The Finnish road safety authority, Liikenneturva, has criticised a government proposal to weaken a number of key aspects of road safety.

The proposals include a revision to Finland’s world-renowned system of linking fines for traffic offences to income known as the ‘day fine’. The government’s proposal is in future to only apply the system in cases where the speed limit has been exceeded by 30 km/h or more.

Bavaria bus crash: 17 feared dead after collision on A9 autobahn near Münchberg

Published Mon, 03/07/2017 - 10:27

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's tragic collision in Bavaria. A bus is believed to have burst into flames after colliding with a truck on the A9 autobahn. Police in Bavaria say 17 people remain unaccounted for, with at least 31 injured. 

Switzerland cancels alcohol interlock programme

Published Fri, 30/06/2017 - 10:25

Switzerland has announced plans to cancel implementation of an alcohol interlock programme for convicted drink drivers one week after receiving ETSC’s PIN Award for long-term efforts to reduce road safety.

In a report published on 28 June, the Swiss government published a report showing its Via Secura programme had been successful in cutting collisions. At the same the government announced that it was cancelling plans to introduce an alcohol interlock programme for drink driving offenders in 2019 citing cost concerns.

Drink driver caught speeding at 146mph on M4

Published Sat, 24/06/2017 - 07:16

A drink driver caught speeding at nearly 150mph on the M4 has been banned from driving.

Billy James Rich, from Highworth, was behind the wheel of a black BMW in the early hours of Wednesday when he overtook an unmarked police car at speed on the A350.

After heading on to the motorway, he was clocked doing 146mph (235km/h) by officers before being pulled over near Chippenham.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to drink driving and speeding.

During a hearing at Swindon Magistrates' Court he was disqualified from driving for 22 months and fined £692.