Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Published Mon, 20/06/2016 - 12:46

Cuts to police enforcement across Europe doubly damaging for road safety

Declines in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences are contributing to Europe’s failure to cut the numbers dying in road collisions, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of two new reports on road safety.

Road Policing Conference, Dublin

Published Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:07

The recent Road Policing Conference was about reducing risks on Europe's roads, and in just about every presentation we looked at risk and the risk of  crime. Here are some of the take-away points from the Conference:

Criminality on our roads does not sit well. All our speakers really enforced this point, and we must remember that criminality does not see borders.

Ireland: Operation Slow Down

Published Fri, 27/05/2016 - 09:35

An Garda Síochána and GoSafe conducted a large scale national speed enforcement operation "Slow Down” between 7am Friday 27th May and 7am Saturday 28th May 2016. 

The objective was to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.  Since 7am yesterday morning, An Garda Síochána and GoSafe has checked the speed of 176,521 vehicles with 322 detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

Notable speed occurrences:

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.