Concern over Finnish proposals to weaken traffic law

Published Thu, 13/07/2017 - 09:28

The Finnish road safety authority, Liikenneturva, has criticised a government proposal to weaken a number of key aspects of road safety.

The proposals include a revision to Finland’s world-renowned system of linking fines for traffic offences to income known as the ‘day fine’. The government’s proposal is in future to only apply the system in cases where the speed limit has been exceeded by 30 km/h or more.

Bavaria bus crash: 17 feared dead after collision on A9 autobahn near Münchberg

Published Mon, 03/07/2017 - 10:27

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's tragic collision in Bavaria. A bus is believed to have burst into flames after colliding with a truck on the A9 autobahn. Police in Bavaria say 17 people remain unaccounted for, with at least 31 injured. 

Switzerland cancels alcohol interlock programme

Published Fri, 30/06/2017 - 10:25

Switzerland has announced plans to cancel implementation of an alcohol interlock programme for convicted drink drivers one week after receiving ETSC’s PIN Award for long-term efforts to reduce road safety.

In a report published on 28 June, the Swiss government published a report showing its Via Secura programme had been successful in cutting collisions. At the same the government announced that it was cancelling plans to introduce an alcohol interlock programme for drink driving offenders in 2019 citing cost concerns.

Drink driver caught speeding at 146mph on M4

Published Sat, 24/06/2017 - 07:16

A drink driver caught speeding at nearly 150mph on the M4 has been banned from driving.

Billy James Rich, from Highworth, was behind the wheel of a black BMW in the early hours of Wednesday when he overtook an unmarked police car at speed on the A350.

After heading on to the motorway, he was clocked doing 146mph (235km/h) by officers before being pulled over near Chippenham.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to drink driving and speeding.

During a hearing at Swindon Magistrates' Court he was disqualified from driving for 22 months and fined £692.

TISPOL welcomes adoption of European serious injury target

Published Fri, 09/06/2017 - 11:28

TISPOL has welcomed the adoption by European Union transport ministers of the target to halve the number of serious injuries on roads in the EU by 2030 from their 2020 level. 

In 'council conclusions' adopted today, ministers formally endorsed the Valletta declaration on improving road safety, issued at an informal meeting organised by the Maltese presidency on 29 March 2017. Ministers also called on the European Commission to come forward with a new road safety strategy for the decade 2020-2030. 

TISPOL joins ETSC for Tallinn Seminar

Published Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:09

We are pleased to be supporting the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian Roads Administration today at the European PRAISE seminar on preventing road risk for employees. The PRAISE project “Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees” addresses road safety risks in the work context. The project is co-funded by the European Commission, and is now supported by the Fundación MAPFRE, the German Road Safety Council (DVR), and the Dräger Foundation.

TISPOL Europe-wide alcohol and drug enforcement initiative begins Monday 5 June

Published Thu, 01/06/2017 - 09:43

POLICE OFFICERS across Europe begin a week-long campaign on Monday 5 June to raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving and drug driving. The campaign is co-ordinated by TISPOL and involves officers conducting alcohol and drug checks at any time of the day and night.

TISPOL President Paolo Cestra says:  “Driving while over the drink drive limit is a criminal offence. But drivers will experience slower reactions, poor judgement of speed, reduced co-ordination and concentration with much lower levels of alcohol in their system.

Hard-hitting virtual crash billboard terrifies Paris pedestrians

Published Thu, 01/06/2017 - 09:35

Each year 4,500 pedestrians are victims of road traffic crashes in Paris. So the Parisian Road Safety Authority – “la Securité Routière d’Ile de France” - and Serviceplan France conceived a powerful outdoor campaign designed to deter people from crossing on a red light, and make them aware of the importance of paying attention when crossing the road.