Guardia Civil Traffic Police in Murcia detained a driver who drove 17 kilometres in the opposite way of a highway. The Traffic Operations Centre received several phone calls informing about a car which was being driven by the highway A-33 in the opposite directions lanes, recklessly and causing a high risk to other road users. The driver, a 47 years old female, drove her car dangerously for 17 kilometres. When finally stopped by officers, she showed clear symptoms to be under the influence of alcohol.
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Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said “urgent action” is necessary to combat road deaths.
Speaking in the wake of the deaths of 12 people on Irish roads in the last five days, the Minister told The Irish Times road safety was a critical issue. “It’s getting worse and July has been a very hard month,” he said during a visit to Co Tipperary yesterday. “For the families, it’s an absolute tragedy.”
REPRESENTATIVES FROM the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) met European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc in Brussels recently.
TISPOL President Aidan Reid and General Secretary Ruth Purdie joined Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) to discuss Project EDWARD, TISPOL’s new initiative to cut death and injury on Europe’s roads. The first Project EDWARD takes place on Wednesday 21 September 2016.
TISPOL’s brand new initiative to cut death and injury on Europe’s roads was launched in Dublin at the end of May. Working alongside the European Commission, politicians, policymakers and road safety partners across Europe, we have chosen Wednesday 21 September 2016 as the first European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD).
We have begun a countdown to Project EDWARD, and we have now opened the website pledge page for anyone to sign.
Preliminary data released last month by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported deaths in 2014.
The NHTSA estimate shows 9 out of 10 regions within the United States had increased traffic deaths in 2015. The most significant increases came for pedestrians and bicyclists.