POLICE OFFICERS across Europe will be conducting seatbelt checks throughout the week of 13 to 19 March. Vehicle occupants who do not wear their seatbelt will be issued with a penalty. The action is part of a Europe-wide operation co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, which takes place throughout next week.
On Wednesday March 1st, officers from the Dublin Metropolitan Regional Roads Policing Unit launched ‘Operation Enable’, a multi-agency initiative targeting the unauthorised use of disabled parking bays and disabled parking permits in Dublin city-centre. A number of other agencies were involved in the operation, including Dublin City Council, Dublin Street Parking Services and the two associations responsible for issuing disabled driving permits in Ireland, the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland.
The UN Road Safety Collaboration is pleased to announce that the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017. The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.
Countries successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritizing safety when managing speed. Among the proven strategies to address speed include:
We're in Rome this week for a STRIDER road safety conference. The event, hosted by the Italian Police Senior Officers' Training College, will focus on distractions, drink and drug driving, their implications on road safety and on achieving the European 2020 casualty reduction targets. More than 70 delegates are expected to attend.
Zero tolerance on drink driving, additional hazard perception training and graduated driver licensing schemes should become the norm in order to help tackle the disproportionate risks faced by young drivers and motorcycle riders in Europe, according to a new report. Over 3800 young people (aged 18-24) are killed each year on EU roads, the biggest single cause of death for this age group.
The Belgian Minister of Mobility François Bellot is planning to strengthen drink driving laws to require judges to impose alcohol interlocks on recidivist and high level first time offenders and in cases of drunkenness.
Belgium’s alcohol interlock programme began in September 2013, but judges have only imposed the requirement in 42 cases. By far the most common sanction since then was a temporary driving ban, imposed on 19,510 individuals.