TISPOL has made an outstanding achievement award to Ellen Townsend, Policy Director of the European Transport Safety Council. Ellen is described as “a champion of road safety in Europe, working tirelessly, giving her skill and analysis in identifying issues and trends and seeking solutions to save lives and injuries on the roads of Europe.”
News and Events
Germany Council member Bernd Heller has been honoured by TISPOL for his role in creating and developing the 24-hour Speed Marathon Blitz operation. The event was conceived to increase public awareness of the dangers of speeding and to give a boost to road safety across Europe. It also serves as an effective way of sharing good practice among TISPOL members, as it is an event that has rapidly gained support.
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 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.