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Remembering Marita

Published Wed, 20/12/2017 - 13:43

It was with great sadness that we learnt this week of the passing of Marita Löytty, a dear friend and colleague of TISPOL and a regular speaker at our Conferences.

Marita worked for the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) as a Special Adviser on driver licensing. Part of her responsibility was managing Trafi’s role in Finland’s nationwide programme for rehabilitating repeat drink driving offenders through the use of alcohol interlocks.  She was a leading European expert in this life-saving area of policy and a regular speaker at ETSC events around Europe.

Ireland: Operation Enable wins RSA 'Leading Lights' award

Published Tue, 19/12/2017 - 12:06

On the 13th December last in Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland’s Road Safety Authority held their annual ‘Leading Lights’ Awards Ceremony. Now in their tenth year the ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards’ recognise and honour the contribution made by people nationwide in reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Awards are presented in 25 categories to individuals or organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to road safety in their respective fields.

HRH Prince Michael presents Operation Trivium team with International Road Safety Award

Published Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:20

A successful cross-border law enforcement initiative has won one of this year’s Prince Michael International Road Safety awards. Operation Trivium has for the past four years targeted foreign national offenders who utilise the UK’s road network. Results show a clear record of sustained effectiveness over several years and displayed an exemplary use of police resources and international cooperation.

Netherlands rolls out saliva tests for drug driving

Published Sat, 02/12/2017 - 12:12

The Netherlands is the latest country to start road-side saliva tests to catch drug driving offenders.  Early results since the programme launched in July have been described as ‘the tip of the iceberg’.

Like other countries, the Netherlands already had laws against drug driving, but enforcement was based on behavioural characteristics such as poor driving or observing dilated pupils.  Suspected offenders had to be accompanied to a police station for a sample of blood or urine to be taken, this was then sent away for analysis.

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