News and Events
On Friday 13 May a joint road check operation was carried out between Malta's Traffic Branch, Drug Squad, Dog Section and RIU. This road check yielded the following results:
2 persons were arrested for possession of Drugs
4 vehicles were found to be driven with an expired circulation licence
1 vehicle was being driven without a valid insurance cover
2 vehicles were being driven with lights not in accordance with the law and
1 driver was booked for dangerous driving
Following on from last year's successful Friendly Cyclist Campaign, motor police and members of two motor clubs will again carry out joint checks on cyclists' road conduct. The checks will take place on Sunday 10 April and Sunday 29 May in the Heuvelland region, the southeasternmost tip of the Netherlands. The police will address and warn racing cyclists who cause annoyance or show negative behaviour. Racing cyclists who show good conduct will be rewarded with two green valve caps, the symbol of the friendly cyclist.
Guardia Civil Traffic Police in Cantabria Province cleared up an accident where a pedestrian suffered major injuries after a car ran over him. With a couple of plastic pieces found at the accident spot, investigators were able to identify the type of vehicle and, afterwards, to find the vehicle involved and to detain the driver who left the accident spot. The accident happened on 16 April at 0530, when a car run over a pedestrian in road N-634.
The European Commission, for the first time, published a figure last month for the number of people seriously injured on Europe’s roads : 135,000 in 2014.
The release of the data required the adoption, by all EU member states, of a standardised medical definition of what constitutes a serious road injury, as well as a standardised way of collecting the statistics.