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.
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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.
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.