OBJECTIVES AND BACKGROUND
The main objective of the TISPOL Organisation is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Europe’s roads. This is consistent with the policy of the European Commission and in particular with the challenging plans put forward in the EU Road Safety Policy Orientations.
Siim Kallas, the EU Transport Commissioner said on 20th March 2013, “Still 75 people die on Europe’s roads every day. There is no room for complacency.”
The Cross Border Enforcement Directive 2011/82/EU, which facilitates the cross border exchange of information on road safety traffic offences, identifies a number of key road traffic offences for enforcement, which will enhance road safety and ensure equal treatment of all drivers, regardless of their EU country of residence.
The relevant traffic offences are:
- Non use of seatbelts
- Failing to stop at a red traffic light
- Drink driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Failing to wear a safety helmet
- Use of a forbidden lane
- Illegally using a mobile telephone or any other communication devices while driving.
The plans put forward by the European Commission in the EU Road Safety Policy Orientations, to reduce the number of road fatalities on Europe’s roads by half in the next ten years outlined at Strategic Objective 2:
“Increase enforcement of road rules” – Enforcement remains a key factor in creating the conditions for a considerable reduction in the number of deaths and injuries, especially when it is intensively applied and widely publicised.
TISPOL fully supports the Cross Border Enforcement Directive and believes that it provides police officers with an effective and much needed tool. It also improves co-operation between police forces across the EU, ensures equal treatment for European citizens and means offenders are unable to ‘drive away from justice’.
With this policy background, the objectives of the STRIDER project are:
- To reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Europe’s roads;
- To promote efficient cross border co-operation between Member States concerning the enforcement of traffic rules;
- To share good practice with traffic police forces across Europe in order to:
- Increase enforcement of road traffic rules, particularly those offences identified in the Cross Border Enforcement Directive;
- Ensure equal treatment of all EU Citizens;
- Maximise the use of technology to support detection of road traffic offences
- To carry out pan-European Enforcement operations with particular emphasis on those offences identified in the Cross Border Enforcement Directive;
- To communicate effectively with EU citizens to raise their awareness of road safety related issues;
- Organise thematic road safety seminars, and officer exchanges to share ‘best enforcement practice’
- Provide guidance on harmonised methods and practices, where possible, to ensure equal enforcement of traffic rules.
The objectives of the STRIDER project are completely in line with the objectives contained in the call for proposals – MOVE/C4-2013/122-2, The Cross Border Enforcement Directive, EU Road Safety Policy Orientations and the TISPOL Strategy 2015- 2017.
An important logo of TISPOL is ‘Crossing borders to save lives’ and is reflected in the objectives contained within this application.
THE STRIDER PROJECT - Solutions To Reduce Injury and Death on Europe's Roads
The TISPOL STRIDER project will benefit all TISPOL member countries and there will be particular benefits to the two specific regions (Central & Eastern and Southern & Balkan) within Europe, where regional seminars and other related activities will take place during the life of the project.
Within the STRIDER project, TISPOL will focus in particular on two European regions:
(1) Central & Eastern region consisting of Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic and Slovakia
(2) Southern and Balkan region consisting of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Romania and Slovenia
With the exception of two of the countries (Slovakia & Malta), all are above the EU average for fatalities per million inhabitants of population.
In 2012, 49% of all road fatalities within the EU occurred in these two regions.
These countries have all agreed to participate in and support the activities of the STRIDER project.
There are two strands to the Actions to take place in the STRIDER project – (1) those which will benefit all TISPOL member countries and (2) those which will specifically benefit those countries in the two regions.
The TISPOL STRIDER project will deliver:
Road Traffic Enforcement Operations
These will be pan-European operations, held nationally at the same time across the European Union in order to maximise results and raise awareness of the particular road safety activity. Each year, two of the operations will focus on speed; two on seatbelts, two on Alcohol & Drugs and three will focus on offences in connection with Truck and Bus enforcement. This is in keeping with the priority offences identified in the European Cross Border Enforcement Directive.
Road Safety Seminars
The seminars will focus on road safety issues in Europe, any particular road safety issues within the regions, the challenges facing the road safety community and the sharing of good practice, as to how to deal effectively with those issues.
It is recognised that the police are not the only actors in this field and that it is necessary to work in partnership with other road safety stakeholders. ‘Partnership working’ will be one of the subjects of the seminars and it will also be reflected in the speakers at the seminars. A representative from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and a leading expert from the private sector involved in ‘communicating the road safety message’ will speak at each of these seminars.
Middle Management Traffic Police Officers with operational responsibility from the two regions will travel during the life of the project to other TISPOL member countries that have recognised elements of good enforcement practice and knowledge to share in reducing road fatalities and serious injuries.
The Exchanges will be arranged over a four-day period in the host country. The host Traffic Police Service will prepare a programme of roadside controls, presentations, visits, equipment demonstrations etc for the exchange officers, which they can be involved in at first hand. The host country will also address any particular questions / concerns which the exchange officers may have in relation to road safety and enforcement.
A most important aspect of the exchange visit will be the officers taking their experience and knowledge gained home for dissemination in the officer’s home country. This cascade of information will allow more officers to benefit from these activities.
Communication of the Road Safety message
TISPOL recognises the benefit of education and enforcement working together and supports such a strategy in its road safety work. The TISPOL website will be utilised to share information in relation to the STRIDER project with EU citizens and to also communicate road safety messages to the public. Presentations and other related material will be made available on the TISPOL website for police forces and those who have attended conferences, seminars and other activities, allowing the further sharing of knowledge.
Communication is a very important tool in road safety work for both internal and external audiences. The STRIDER project will include a Media Strategy which will seek to communicate important information to EU citizens on relevant road safety issues, educate the public on relevant issues, update the public on pan-European actions, both before and after the operation takes place. Through the issue of TISPOL bulletins, twice per month, Newsletters and other appropriate communication methods such as videos to be viewed on the TISPOL website and on other social media channels, this will allow us to communicate effectively within police forces and outside of police forces.
Co-ordinated International Cross Border operations
TISPOL will encourage international cross border enforcement operations between two or more neighbouring countries across their common national border. These specific operations will also support international co-operation. Such operations are TISPOL TRIVIUM and VOYAGER operations
Thematic seminars focusing on particular aspects of road safety enforcement.
The seminars will focus on:
- Road Policing for the operational officer
- Technology in the field of road policing
- Drug Driving Enforcement
- Policing professional drivers
These seminars are for all TISPOL member countries with priority being given to police officers from the Central & Eastern and Southern & Balkan regions.
The seminar content will give police officers the knowledge and good practice in the particular areas as described in the seminar title. This will equip the officers to improve the work, which they undertake and also to cascade the information to other officers on their return to their own country.
As the Policing Professional Drivers seminars are highly specialised technical enforcement seminars, only a small number of participants can be facilitated at each seminar.
Drugs and driving has been identified as a particular road safety problem across Europe and the technology currently available is limited and expensive to support police officers in dealing with this issue. With some countries reporting 20% of their road fatalities to have taken drugs, the issue needs to have a strategy in each country in respect of education and enforcement. This particular seminar seeks to provide the police officers with the tools and knowledge to enforce drugs driving in their country. Cascading of the knowledge gained is essential in order to ensure police officers across Europe are equipped to detect offences of drugs driving as it is a specified offence in the CBE Directive.
Road Safety Guidelines
Develop a proposal for road safety guidelines concerning comparable enforcement methods and practices to ensure greater convergence of the enforcement of traffic rules in the EU, concerning speed limits, drink-driving, non-use of seat belts and failure to stop at a red traffic light.
This Action will also include the provision of a description of the road safety rules in Member States for these offences.
PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXPECTED IMPACT
Through the implementation of the STRIDER project, it is expected that its actions will make a significant contribution to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Europe’s roads.
The TISPOL Pan-European operations, accompanied by appropriate publicity, will detect and bring to justice those road users, who put other people’s lives at risk on the road.
Through the sharing of good practice, police forces across Europe will be able to use that knowledge in their own countries to deal effectively with specific road traffic issues and detection of offenders. An important aspect of this project will be the ‘cascading of information’, where those who attend seminars, conferences, officer exchanges etc will return to their own country and share what they have learned with their colleagues.
The TISPOL website will be utilised to share information in relation to the STRIDER project with EU citizens and presentations and other related material will be made available on the TISPOL website, allowing the further sharing of knowledge.
Communication is vital – both internally and externally in relation to road safety issues. The project will include a Media Strategy which will seek to communicate important information to EU citizens on relevant road safety issues, educate the public on relevant issues, update the public on pan-European actions, both before and after the operation takes place. Through the issue of TISPOL bulletins, twice per month, Newsletters and other appropriate communication methods such as videos to be viewed on the website and on other social media channels, communicate effectively within police forces and outside of police forces.
The TISPOL Executive Committee, as the Project Board, will assess the progress of the project on a regular basis.
The TISPOL Council will carry out an evaluation of the progress in relation to implementing the actions within the project twice a year. The Council will be fully briefed on the progress of the project and will also consider other steps, which could be taken to enhance the work of the project, during its lifetime.