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Crash in France leaves at least 42 dead

Published Fri, 23/10/2015 - 08:23

Reports from France show that at least 42 people have been killed in a crash in the south-west of the country.

The two vehicles are reported to have collided head-on near Libourne, in the Gironde region, east of Bordeaux.

A fire official told the Agence France Presse that the dead were mostly adult passengers on the bus. The lorry driver was also killed. 

France's president said he had been "plunged into sadness by the tragedy". Prime Minister Manuel Valls is at the scene.

New UK figures reveal extent of rural road danger

Published Thu, 22/10/2015 - 08:13

New figures from the UK's Department for Transport reveal that country roads are the deadliest, with an average of 3 people dying on them every day last year. In total, 1,040 people were killed and 9,051 seriously injured on country roads in 2014, with a third (348) of fatalities occurring on a bend. 

In spite of this, almost a quarter of road users surveyed admit to braking too late on bends and two fifths (41%) claimed to have swerved to avoid something in the road. 

Malta: police 'box' suspected drink-driver

Published Mon, 19/10/2015 - 07:14

Members of the Malta Police Traffic section recently observed a Vauxhall Astra that dangerously committed a ‘U Turn’ on a main road. The driver was immediately signalled to pull aside, but he ignored police orders and a pursuit ensued. Vehicles reached speeds of around 120km/h, even in urban areas. After analysis  of the situation at hand, it was decided to attempt a ‘box manoeuvre’ in order to stop the runaway vehicle. 

TISPOL's 2015 Conference wins all-round praise

Published Tue, 13/10/2015 - 09:14

TISPOL's 2015 Conference took place last week at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport. Nearly 220 delegates gathered to hear presentations from a great line-up of senior police officers, policymakers, road safety and healthcare professionals.

A substantial social media conversation accompanied the Conference, with nearly one million people reached through Twitter during the two days of the event.

Here are just a few of the tweets posted:

More than half a million drivers detected in European speed operation

Published Thu, 24/09/2015 - 13:01

Results from a pan-European speed control operation in August show that 549,000 drivers were detected for breaking speed limits. Police officers in 27 countries took part in the operation, which was co-ordinated by the TISPOL.

Of the final total of 549,237 detections, 192,654 were made directly by police officers and 356,583 came from automatic technical means.