From 1 October Victoria (Australia) will have new alcohol interlock laws.

From 1 October Victoria will have new alcohol interlock laws. Anyone whose licence is cancelled for drink-driving will have to fit an alcohol interlock into any vehicle they drive (home car, work car, motorbike) once they are relicensed (with an Interlock condition) after their disqualification ends. The interlock will be installed for a minimum of six months.

Alcohol interlocks stop vehicles from being started if the driver has been drinking. This technology helps people separate drinking from driving.

Alcohol interlocks capable of taking photographs will become mandatory for all drink-drivers whose licences are cancelled. This will help identify who has provided the breath sample each time there is an attempt to start the vehicle; random tests while driving are also required.

Read more… http://www.roadsafety.vic.gov.au/contacts/partners/news/170-alcohol-interlocks.html

Police Release fatal collision video: David’s story: Road safety campaign

Norfolk and Suffolk Police Constabularies have released footage from a motorcyclists head cam in a bid to “get motorcyclists and car drivers to think seriously about road safety”.

Hard-hitting footage of a fatal collision in Norfolk has been released by police in a bid to get motorcyclists and drivers to think seriously about road safety. Viewers are warned that this video contains content which some may find distressing, but it does not show any graphic images of the rider during or after the collision and they are given the option to refrain from viewing.

This post is not intended to point the finger of blame at either party, but rather highlight the vulnerability of two wheeled vehicles when involved in collisions. Defensive and less aggressive riding in this case would clearly have allowed time to react and avoid the conflict.

Introducing Hazard Perception 360° – Driver Assessment & Evaluation

Picture1Introducing the launch of Hazard Perception 360° (Risk Assessment), an interactive mobile driver risk assessment solution. The new release builds on proven, industry-standard Hazard Perception (Risk Assessment) Evaluation program.

Risk Assessment Evaluation is designed to identify high-risk drivers by assessing their risk awareness and reaction time across six core driving competencies. Based on each individual’s responses while undertaking the assessments, the program assigns targeted training modules to mitigate a driver’s assessed risk.

The advancements made with Hazard Perception 360° include:

  • A web-based, mobile application that does not require a company to download an app to launch the programme;
  • 45% larger clickable, interactive area; and
  • An enhanced driver scoring algorithm that more accurately pinpoints a driver’s deficiencies and risk rating.

Currently available in 31 countries and 36 languages the programme will be continually developed to encompass further areas.

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Hazard Perception 360° is run on dedicated platform for use on iPads, making this global leader in driver risk assessments and education even more accessible.

Currently available in 31 countries and 36 languages the programme will be continually developed to encompass further areas.

This means that your mobile work force have the convenience of undertaking their road safety e-learning programme whenever and wherever they wish.

For further information please contact us on +44 (0) 1452 346283 or info@ukgrs.com

US Deputy who killed a cyclist after drifting into the bike lane while distracted by his laptop will NOT face charges because he was answering a work-related email

  • Milton Olin Jr, 65, was fatally struck by a Los Angeles county sheriff’s patrol car December 8, 2013, as he rode in the bike lane in Calabasas
  • Deputy Anthony Wood was returning from a fire call when he took his eyes off the road to type a work-related message on an electronic device
  • Olin was director of operations for Napster between 2000 and 2002 and was a prominent entertainment lawyer 
  • The victim’s wife and sons have filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming Wood was negligent 

1409203691562_wps_10_Former_Napster_COO_65_kilCalifornia prosecutors have declined to file charges against a sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed a prominent entertainment attorney and former Napster executive with his patrol car last year. Deputy Andrew Wood was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when his patrol car drifted into the bike lane, running over cyclist Milton Olin Jr. Olin, a 65-year-old attorney and former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster, was riding in Calabasas in December when he was hit.

Prosecutors said in a letter released Wednesday and cited by Los Angeles Daily News that because Wood was acting within the course of his duties when typing into his computer, criminal charges are not warranted. Under the law, law enforcement officials are allowed to use electronic wireless devices while carrying out their duties. The victim’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department and accused Wood of negligence. Olin’s loved ones also started an online petition on Change.org demanding that charges be brought against the deputy. So far, more than 67,000 people have signed. Milton Olin, a married father of two, was riding his bike in the 22400 block of Mulholland Highway at around 1pm on December 8, 2013, when Deputy Wood’s patrol car slammed into him.

Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2736376/Deputy-killed-former-Napster-COO-drifting-bike-lane-distracted-laptop-NOT-face-charges-answering-work-related-email.html

Cutting crashes is the aim of ‘failed to look’ road safety campaign

Today, the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership launches a new campaign aimed at improving awareness on the roads and cutting the number of crashes.

invisible-bikerDrivers, motorcyclists and cyclists are all being targeted in ‘The Invisibles’ campaign which highlights the issues of failing to look or failing to see when using the county’s roads.

Failing to look properly was reported in 45 per cent of all crashes across the UK in 2012 and it was the number one contributory factor in collisions in Gloucestershire. The term describes when the person didn’t properly look where they were going or they looked, but misinterpreted what they saw.

Statistics show that the group most likely to be killed or seriously injured in collisions are male motorcyclists and male cyclists aged between 20 and 49 years old. The fatality rate for motorcyclists is three times higher than a cyclist and 40 times higher than that of car drivers.

Cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, Will Windsor Clive said: “This is an important campaign which we hope will increase the awareness levels of all types of road users and cut the number of casualties on Gloucestershire’s roads in which someone failed to look.

“There are key messages which we want to get across to drivers, to motorcyclists and to cyclists as it is up to everyone to do what they can to ensure the roads are safe.”

Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership’s Motorcycle Safety Co-ordinator, Chris Harrison said: “There are a lot of precautions motorcyclists can take to stay safe but everyone using the roads has to play their part and look out for each other, no matter what form of transport they are using.

“It is important for motorcyclists in particular to position themselves so that they can be easily seen by drivers and so that they can increase their own visibility of the road and any potential, upcoming hazards.

“They should also give themselves enough space to react if something does go wrong so they can get out of harms way and always adapt to the weather conditions.”

The collisions are most likely to occur at urban road junctions in daylight during the hours people are travelling to work in the morning and on their journey home.

The campaign includes a broad scale media campaign and an education programme being delivered into local businesses.

It runs until early September and in the coming weeks the council will be issuing more information on the campaign with specifically targeted advice to help drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists remain safe.

Read more…http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/cutting-crashes-aim-failed-look-road-safety-campaign/

Updates and advice on abolition of the UK driving licence paper counterpart

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From January 2015, DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

What this means for you

You do not need to take any action, just keep your current photocard driving licence.

If you have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, this change won’t affect you, and you should keep your licence.

The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

Entitlements, penalty points and the status of your driving licence won’t change.

What to do with your paper counterpart from January 2015

If you don’t think you’ll need it, then you may destroy it. You should not destroy the counterpart before 1 January 2015.

You’ll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with DVLA. You can also change your address online.

Organisations and businesses that check the driving licence counterpart

DVLA is developing a new digital enquiry service for launch later this year that will allow organisations and businesses (such as employers and car hire companies) to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.

This new service will be offered in addition to the existing services, but is designed for those who have a business need for real-time access to the information and may not wish to call DVLA or be in a position to use an intermediary.

Driving licence information via this service will only be made available to those who have a right to see it, and with the knowledge of the driving licence holder.

Read More: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes

UK Global Road Safety offer a Driver Licence Checking Service for both the corporate sector and the public http://www.uk-global-roadsafety.com/driver-verification-licence-checks.php

 

Third UN Global Road Safety Week May 2015

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4th to 10th May 2015

On 10 April 2014 a new UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution – “Improving global road safety” – requested WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015.

The Week will be held 4 – 10 May 2015 and the theme will be children and road safety. The Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect children and generate action on the measures needed to do so.

While the international organizing committee for the Week further refines preliminary plans, partners worldwide are encouraged to establish a national or local organizing committee and develop a plan of activities, including with engagement of children. The UN Road Safety Collaboration will host the Week’s global web site, which will grow and develop in the months ahead, with a toolkit for organizers, calendar of events and other advocacy materials.

UN global road safety weeks are called upon by governments through UNGA resolutions. They serve as important platforms for concerted advocacy. Global, regional and national events engage governments, civil society, foundations, academia and the private sector – in fact all who seek to save lives by improving safety on the roads. As milestone events on the global road safety calendar, UN global road safety weeks give added impetus to the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and its goal: saving 5 million lives.

Read More… http://www.who.int/roadsafety/week/2015/en/

Great Britain road deaths fall to an all time low

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Road deaths decreased by 2% compared to 2012, to 1,713. This is the lowest figure since national records began in 1926.

The number of people seriously injured decreased by 6 per cent to 21,657 in 2013, compared to 2012.

The total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police in 2013 was 183,670, down 6 per cent from the 2012 total.

 

Read More…https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/324580/rrcgb-main-results-2013.pdf

8th Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report

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European Transport Safety Council

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to improving road safety by setting a target of reducing road deaths by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels. This goal followed an earlier target set in 2001 to halve road deaths by 2010. The rankings presented in Part I show the latest developments in road safety in 2013, the third annual step toward the 2020 target.

Progress since 2001, the base year of the earlier 2010 target, is also shown to indicate the longer term development. Slovakia (-37%) tops the ranking for reduction in road deaths between 2010 and 2013, followed by Spain, Greece and Portugal with reductions of more than 30% (Fig. 1). Slovakia’s performance has been recognised by ETSC at the 8th Road Safety PIN Conference with the 2014 Road Safety PIN Award (see Part III). Across the EU28 road deaths have been cut by 18% between 2010 and 2013, equivalent to a 6.2% average annual reduction. A year-to-year reduction of at least 6.7% is needed over the 2010-2020 period to reach the target through constant progress. The EU target for 2020 is therefore reachable if combined efforts at both national and EU level are stepped up.

 

Read More…http://etsc.eu/8th-annual-road-safety-performance-index-pin-report/

 

UK Global Road Safety offer online driver training in all most European countries with localised content in both native and English languages. Link

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Australian government develops National Road Safety Partnership Programme

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What is the Australian National Road Safety Partnership Program?

The National Road Safety Partnership Program offers a collaborative network for Australian organisations to build and implement effective road safety strategies in the workplace.

The program offers organisations the resources to improve road safety that best fit their individual operations and, at the same time, improve business productivity through less time and money lost through safety incidents.

The program is not a prescriptive approach but aims to complement existing safety legislation  by providing access to a ‘knowledge bank’ from a diverse network of organisations to given them the resources to implement their own initiatives.

A number of organisations within Australia and internationally have introduced road safety initiatives which result in a safer workforce, and in turn, a safer community. The returns are often also realised in other ways such as customer loyalty, decreased operating costs, a more skilled workforce, overall reduction in corporate risk, and enhanced brand recognition.

UK Global Road Safety has recently seen an increase in the number of Australian based companies making inquiries and placing orders for our Global Online Driver Assessment & Training Programme now available in over 69 countries and 100 languages.

The benefit of this online programme is the localised content necessary to retain integrity of the programme and maintain compliance for the end users.

Link: UK Global Road Safety E-Learning Online Training

Read More: http://www.nrspp.org.au/pages/aboutus