Meet Graham – The only person designed to survive on our roads.

As much as we like to think we’re invincible, we’re not. But what if we were to change? What if our bodies were built to survive a low impact crash? What might we look like? The result of these questions is Graham, a reminder of just how vulnerable our bodies really are.

Tesla driver dies in first fatal crash while using autopilot mode

The first known death caused by a self-driving car was disclosed by Tesla Motors on Thursday evening, a development that is sure to cause consumers to second-guess the trust they put in the booming autonomous vehicle industry.

The 7 May accident occurred in Williston, Florida, after the driver, Joshua Brown, 40, of Ohio put his Model S into Tesla’s autopilot mode, which is able to control the car during highway driving.

Against a bright spring sky, the car’s sensors system failed to distinguish a large white 18-wheel truck and trailer crossing the highway, Tesla said. The car attempted to drive full speed under the trailer, “with the bottom of the trailer impacting the windshield of the Model S”, Tesla said in a blog post.

An early May police report in the Levy County Journal said the top of the vehicle “was torn off by the force of the collision”. The truck driver, Frank Baressi, 62, of Tampa, Florida, was uninjured, the Journal reported.

America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an inquiry into the accident.

EU report links decline in enforcement with stalling road death progress – See more at: http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/5133.html#sthash.ErVkyOse.dpuf

indexRoad Safety GB advises that a decline in the enforcement of traffic offences is contributing to Europe’s failure to cut road casualties, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

ETSC makes the claim following the publication of two separate reports, one of which specifically examined how traffic law enforcement can contribute to safer roads.

Published recently, the enforcement report uses the number of speeding tickets, roadside alcohol breath tests, tickets for non-use of seat belt and tickets for illegal use of a mobile phone per head of population as an indicator, assuming that they are ‘broadly proportionate to the level of enforcement activity’.

ETSC says the ideal indicator on how to assess the level of enforcement of speeding would be to compare countries on the basis of time spent on speed enforcement or checks performed both by the police and by safety camera, but this information is not available in most countries.

The report shows that in more than half the countries where data is available, the number of tickets issued over the last five years for mobile phone offences has fallen. The ETSC says that this suggests lower levels of enforcement.

Sweden, The Netherlands and Finland – where there have been some of the ‘biggest slow-downs in reducing road deaths’ – have all reported a reduction in the number of speeding tickets issued.

In the UK, where ETSC says deaths have also been ‘slow to reduce’, the number of tickets issued fell after 2010 when government cuts affected enforcement levels, but are ‘starting to increase again’.

Data published by the RAC in May highlighted that the number of full-time roads policing officers in England and Wales has fallen by 27% since 2010.

The decline in enforcement comes against the backdrop of the first increase in road deaths in the EU since 2001. The headline statistic from the ETSC’s Annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) Report shows that in 2015, more than 26,000 people died on EU roads.

Antonio Avenoso, executive director of the ETSC said: “Cuts to police enforcement are doubly damaging. Fewer dangerous drivers are caught, and overall perception of the risk of being caught also decreases.

“While there is increasing pressure to reprioritise policing budgets across Europe, it makes no sense to cut back on road safety. 26,000 are still dying each year on our roads, and the numbers will not start to decrease again without concerted action.”

David Davies, executive director of PACTS, the UK’s Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said the report “shows the importance of adequate levels of enforcement to maintain road safety”.

Mr Davies added: “(This report) adds to the recent report from the Transport Select Committee which called for a strengthening of road policing, something widely supported by the public.

“The Europe-wide comparison of traffic law enforcement activity suggests that the UK motorist is not unreasonably penalised as some would suggest. It is worrying that the amount of breath-testing carried out by the police in England and Wales is not only low by European standards but has declined since 2010, despite no reduction in drink drive deaths. It is regrettable that data for breath tests and speeding offences are not available for Scotland.”

The PIN report shows, however, that some countries are still making progress on road safety, and today (20 June) ETSC will present its annual PIN road safety award to Norway.

Norway is at the top of the 2015 European road safety league, with the lowest road mortality at 23 deaths per million population. Road deaths have fallen over the last five years by 44% – the biggest reduction of any country tracked by the PIN programme – and at 20% Norway’s 2015 reduction was also the best annual improvement.

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Safety & Health Expo

Expo 2016 CroppedThe Safety & Health Expo is now open.

Visit UKGRS on stand P1750, next to the Fleet Safety Zone, where we can advise on road safety, driver assessments & training for your fleet drivers, both online and practical in -car/in-class, also minibus training with the MiDAS Scheme.

Ask to speak to Kevin Packer, or one of our team that will be on hand over the next 3 days, to help and advise how to keep your drivers safe, comply with legislation and save money.

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Join UKGRS at the Safety & Health Expo 2016

Join UKGRS at the Safety & Health Expo 2016

Mitigate business risk and embrace safety culture, 21st to 23rd June 2016, Excel Centre, London

Once again UK Global Road Safety are exhibiting at the Safety & Health Expo book your free place and visit us on stand P1750 (adjacent to the Fleet Safety Zone) to discover how our Global leading driver assessment and training solution can help your organisation reduce exposure to road risk.Expo 2016 Cropped

Currently available in over 70 countries and 100 languages. Allowing organisations to role out a comprehensive driver assessment and training programme with integrity.

Regardless of the size of an organisations vehicle fleet or how those vehicles are used there lies a duty of care upon the employer to ensure drivers are safe behind the wheel.

UKGRS clients range from a driver fleet of 3 in the UK to a global organisation with 40,000 drivers.

Our Management Team will be available to discuss your needs and how UKGRS can provide the right solution for your organisation.

Understand what we offer through a no-cost pilot and review, ask the team for details.

Drop by the stand for a chat or If you wish to book a slot to meet with us please complete the form via this link Booking Form

We look forward to meeting you at the show, stand P1750 next to the Fleet Safety Zone.

www.uk-global-roadsafety.com

Roads Kill – interactive Map

An interesting graphical interactive map displaying road deaths by country.

The global road death toll has already reached 1.24 million per year and is on course to triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030.

In the developing world, where this pandemic has hit hardest, it will become the fifth leading cause of death, leapfrogging past HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other familiar killers, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study.

Driver Jailed Following Road Rage Crash

A driving instructor who left two young sisters paralysed after a road rage crash in Northamptonshire has been jailed today for four-and-a-half years.

Andrew Nay, 39, crashed his Land Rover into the girls’ family car as he made a right turn across oncoming traffic on the A509 near Wellingborough.

Nay, from Weldon, Corby, admitted four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but denied he had been chasing the Mazda prior to the crash.

Judge Adrienne Lucking QC said: “This was a prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving.  “No sentence I can pass will ever feel like enough for this family.”

The judge told Nay his account of events had been “incredible and inconsistent”.

Sgt Tony Hopkins, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit in Northamptonshire, said: “This is probably one of the most tragic cases that I think I’ve had to deal with in my career to date.

He added: “I’m pleased to see that the judge has been able to see through Mr Nay’s story, and has been able to see what the witnesses have evidenced to us over the few months, to highlight how long this incident actually went on for.”

 

 

Project EDWARD: European Day Without A Road Death

EDWARDmedThank you for visiting the TISPOL Project EDWARD page. This is where you can join us in pledging to reduce risk and improve safety on your road journeys, not just on 21 September but every day!

We have spent time reflecting on recent results which paint a very mixed picture of progress in reducing deaths and serious injuries on Europe’s roads. For the first few years of this decade, countries across the EU have been highly successful in pursuing the 2020 50% reduction target. But the arrival of a second successive year of disappointing news shows that this downward trend has stagnated.

We need to speed up our efforts, and one initiative we believe can make a big impact is our new European Day Without A Road Death – Project EDWARD for short.  EDWARD will encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude.

After all, driver behaviour remains the most important barrier to progress as we approach 2020 and its reduction targets.  

Drivers are unwittingly or sometimes knowingly putting other road users in so many ways, perhaps by speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seat belt, using the phone while driving, using vehicles they have not kept roadworthy, parking their cars on bicycle lanes, blocking pedestrian crossings, not turning on their lights or engaging in risky manoeuvres.

Read More…https://www.tispol.org/edward

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UK traffic levels rise to record high

UK Motorway Black and WhiteRoad Safety GB advise that new figures released on 19th May show that a total of 316.7bn miles were travelled by vehicles on the UK road network during 2015, a year-on-year rise of 1.6% and the highest level ever recorded.

The increase, highlighted in the DfT’s ‘Road Traffic Estimates: Great Britain 2015 Summary’, is however slightly lower than was predicted in initial estimates released in February.

The provisional estimates suggested a figure of 317.8bn miles in 2015, 1.1% above the pre recession peak in 2007.

However, the revised figures released today show the increase at 0.8% above that peak, which still represents a new record.

Car traffic has also risen to a record high of 247.7 billion vehicle miles, a 1.1% year-on-year increase. Car traffic now accounts for 78% of all distance covered.

Miles travelled by LGVs increased more year-on-year  than any other vehicle type (up 4.2% to 46.6bn miles) while HGV traffic saw its largest year-on-year increase since the 1980s (up 3.7% to 16.7bn).

In terms of road type, motorways and rural roads saw record traffic level in 2015. Motorway traffic rose 2.6% to 66.5bn miles, while rural roads, which remain the most used, rose 2.4% to 91.3bn.

Long term trends show that since 1995, road traffic has grown by 18.6%. The RAC says this rise, coupled with the overall length of UK roads only increasing by 2.4%, is a concern.

Nick Lyes, RAC roads policy spokesman, said: “While traffic has only increased very slightly on the previous year it has taken us to record levels, but the longer term picture is more concerning with overall traffic since 1995 growing by 18.6% in stark contrast to the overall length of our roads which has only increased by 2.4%.

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Join UKGRS at the Safety & Health Expo 2016

Join UKGRS at the Safety & Health Expo 2016

Mitigate business risk and embrace safety culture, 21st to 23rd June 2016, Excel Centre, London

 

Once again UK Global Road Safety are exhibiting at the Safety & Health Expo book your free place and visit us on stand P1750 (adjacent to the Fleet Safety Zone) to discover how our Global leading driver assessment and training solution can help your organisation reduce exposure to road risk.Expo 2016 Cropped

Currently available in over 70 countries and 100 languages. Allowing organisations to role out a comprehensive driver assessment and training programme with integrity.

Regardless of the size of an organisations vehicle fleet or how those vehicles are used there lies a duty of care upon the employer to ensure drivers are safe behind the wheel.

UKGRS clients range from a driver fleet of 3 in the UK to a global organisation with 40,000 drivers.

Our Management Team will be available to discuss your needs and how UKGRS can provide the right solution for your organisation.

Understand what we offer through a no-cost pilot and review, ask the team for details.

Drop by the stand for a chat or If you wish to book a slot to meet with us please complete the form via this link Booking Form

We look forward to meeting you at the show, stand P1750 next to the Fleet Safety Zone.

www.uk-global-roadsafety.com