Latest traffic checks in Malta

Published Sat, 14/05/2016 - 11:44

On Friday 13 May a joint road check operation was carried out between Malta's Traffic Branch, Drug Squad, Dog Section and RIU.  This road check yielded the following results:

2 persons were arrested for possession of Drugs

4 vehicles were found to be driven with an expired circulation licence

1 vehicle was being driven without a valid insurance cover

2 vehicles were being driven with lights not in accordance with the law and

1 driver was booked for dangerous driving

Dutch 'Friendly Cyclist' initiative goes on tour again

Published Wed, 11/05/2016 - 06:31

Following on from last year's successful Friendly Cyclist Campaign, motor police and members of two motor clubs will again carry out joint checks on cyclists' road conduct. The checks will take place on Sunday 10 April and Sunday 29 May in the Heuvelland region, the southeasternmost tip of the Netherlands. The police will address and warn racing cyclists who cause annoyance or show negative behaviour. Racing cyclists who show good conduct will be rewarded with two green valve caps, the symbol of the friendly cyclist.

Spain: investigators trace hit-and-run driver

Published Sun, 08/05/2016 - 07:03

Guardia Civil Traffic Police in Cantabria Province cleared up an accident where a pedestrian suffered major injuries after a car ran over him. With a couple of plastic pieces found at the accident spot, investigators were able to identify the type of vehicle and, afterwards, to find the vehicle involved and to detain the driver who left the accident spot. The accident happened on 16 April at 0530, when a car run over a pedestrian in road N-634.

Commission publishes first official serious injury figures as 275 MEPs back EU target

Published Sat, 30/04/2016 - 09:59

The European Commission, for the first time, published a figure last month for the number of people seriously injured on Europe’s roads : 135,000 in 2014.

The release of the data required the adoption, by all EU member states, of a standardised medical definition of what constitutes a serious road injury, as well as a standardised way of collecting the statistics.

Malta: traffic safety operation

Published Sun, 24/04/2016 - 12:03

In the early hours of this morning ( 24/04/2016), a large scale operation was mounted by the Traffic Branch in the areas of San Gwann, Iklin, Birkirkara, St. Julians, Swieqi, Pembroke and St. Andrews.  Various road check points were established in the areas to curb abuses relating to traffic offences in an effort to save lives and keep Maltese roads safer.  These yielded the following results:

7 persons were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol which exceeded the legal limit,

A proud day for TISPOL in Rome

Published Tue, 19/04/2016 - 07:31

In advance of last week's Executive Committee meeting in Rome, TISPOL wrote to the Vatican seeking an Audience with His Holiness The Pope, to mark our 20th anniversary.

TISPOL's Italy Council member Paolo Cestra and and colleagues from the Italian National Traffic Police put arrangements in place to facilitate the audience. The full Executive Committee attended the general audience. Later, TISPOL President Aidan Reid and Paolo Cestra had the opportunity to greet the Holy Father.

Police across Europe prepare for latest speed enforcement marathon

Published Mon, 18/04/2016 - 18:58

POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are preparing for their latest "Speed Marathon", taking place from 0600 on Thursday 21 April to 0600 on Friday 22 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 April.

The Speed Marathon concept was devised two years ago in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Here, members of the public have once again been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.

UK: a new look and feel for RoSPA

Published Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:37

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has revealed its new look, as the family safety charity shifts its focus in a continued drive to save lives and reduce life-changing injuries.

After more than 20 years, RoSPA is saying goodbye to the “red square” logo that has become synonymous with accident prevention at home, on the road, at work, in the water and at leisure facilities, and, through the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, is internationally-recognised as the mark of quality for workplace health and safety.

Poland: police officers and motorcyclists together

Published Wed, 13/04/2016 - 08:32

Police traffic officers from Wodzislaw (Slaskie region) took part in a road safety initiative recently. The initiative was directed at car drivers, encouraging them to "Look in the mirrors – motorcycylists are everywhere". Officers stopped vehicles, and motorcyclists appealed to drivers about paying more attention on the roads. Motorcyclists offered some gifts for drivers who support the action.