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UK: Welsh Government funds motorcyclist safety projects

Published Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:14

Two projects which aim to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties will share up to £450,000 of Welsh Government funding.

Announced by Edwina Hart, the Welsh Government’s economy and transport minister, the funding comes as part of phase two of the Small Business Research Initiative* (SBRI).

The two projects come from an original shortlist of 47 applications and focus on helmet lining and a junction alert system.

The advanced helmet liner will aim to protect motorcyclists from rotational acceleration brain injuries.

Hungary: hard-hitting video warns drivers of texting dangers

Published Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:41

A new video from Hungary illustrates the dangers for drivers of using a smartphone for text messaging, photographs and surfing the internet. The video, created by the New Step Fitness Dance Studio, gathers a group of girls together who simulate the process of distraction - and the terrible consequences that can follow. Combining clever colour techniques and precise choreography, the video offers a sharp reminder that the only safe thing a driver can do at the wheel is to drive - and a 100% focus on the driving task is required in order to maximise safety. 

UK: extent of extreme speeders highlighted by IAM

Published Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:34

Five drivers have been caught travelling at more than 100mph on 30 and 40mph limit roads in England, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). A further two were caught travelling at over 70mph in these areas, which tend to be largely residential.

The statistics were part of a Freedom of Information request by the IAM to every police force in Britain, asking for the location and speed of their top five highest recorded cases captured on safety cameras in their areas from 1 January 2015 to 30 January 2016.

Finland: enforcement operation reveals increase in misuse of truck driver hours regulations

Published Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:17

Police across Finland conducted a special control operation with a focus on heavy traffic between 15 and 21 February 2016. The operation, carried out nationwide, resulted in sanctions for 452 drivers of vehicles of domestic origin, and 85 drivers of foreign vehicles.

 “Most violations involved the misuse of driving hours and rest periods; of these, 298, or 13 per cent of the stopped drivers, were subject to sanctions,” says Chief Superintendent Kari Onninen of the National Police Board.