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France introduces 80km/h limit on 400,000km of road

Published Wed, 01/08/2018 - 15:40

Two-lane roads with no separating guard rail in France have had their default speed limit reduced from 90 to 80 km/h since 1 July, fulfilling a commitment made by the Prime Minister in January.

The change applies on 40% of the French road network; some 400,000 km of roads are affected by the lower limit.

The government says that 350-400 deaths a year could be prevented by the measure. 55% of French road deaths occur on two-lane roads with no separating guard rail.

Ninth edition of 'Countermeasures that work' published

Published Tue, 31/07/2018 - 15:41

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published its newest edition of Countermeasures that Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasures Guide for State Highway Safety Offices. The guide is a basic reference to assist State Highway Safety Offices in selecting effective, evidence-based countermeasures for traffic safety problem areas. Among the areas covered is alcohol- and drug-impaired driving. The guide also deals with seat belts, speeding, distracted and drowsy driving, young drivers and other important safety topics.

Project EDWARD 2018: the formal countdown begins today

Published Fri, 06/07/2018 - 13:30

  • European Day Without A Road Death takes place this year on Wednesday 19 September.
  • Police urge everyone to reflect on one simple question: What can I do for road safety today?
  • On average, 70 people still lose their lives on the roads of Europe every day


Ministers, policymakers and road safety professionals will join senior police officers in Dublin today (Friday 6 July) for the launch of the countdown to this year’s Project EDWARD – the European Day Without A Road Death. 

Big rise in people caught drug-driving

Published Mon, 02/07/2018 - 09:59

TISPOL's Alcohol and Drugs operation ran in 28 countries from 4 to 10 June inclusive, and was organised by the Operation Working Group (OPG) under the leadership of the German TISPOL Office. Results show a significant increase in the number of people caught drug-driving, compared with the same week in 2017. 

According to the results, a total of 1,000,171 vehicle drivers were checked throughout Europe. Of these, 12,112 vehicle drivers were found under the influence of alcohol and 3,875 vehicle drivers were found under the influence of drugs.