Lorry driver jailed over four-death crash

A lorry driver who hit and killed a mother and her three children while using his phone behind the wheel has been jailed for 10 years.

Tomasz Kroker, 30, collided with the victims’ car on the A34 in Newbury, Berkshire, on 10 August.

The 30-year-old, from Trajan Walk, Andover, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving on 10 October.

He was scrolling through music selections before the crash.

Read full story…http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37823457

Use of handheld mobile phones in vehicles getting out of control

Snap, chat, text, tweet – anything goes at the wheel as motorists relax attitudes

The illegal use of handheld mobile phones is at epidemic proportions with an estimated 11 million* motorists admitting to making or receiving a call while driving in the last 12 months and a shocking five million** saying they have taken photos or videos while at the wheel of a moving vehicle.

Research for the RAC’s Report on Motoring 2016 has revealed that for some, attitudes towards handheld mobile use have worryingly relaxed over the last two years. The proportion of people who feel it is acceptable to take a quick call on a handheld phone has doubled from 7% in 2014 to 14% in 2016 and the percentage of drivers who feel it is safe to check social media on their phone when in stationary traffic, either at traffic lights or in congestion, has increased from 14% in 2014 to 20% in 2016. The percentage of drivers who said it was not acceptable to take a quick call at the wheel has correspondingly fallen 6% from 84% in 2014 to 78% today.

And it is not just attitudes that are shifting – actual behaviours are changing significantly too with the percentage of drivers who admit to having used a handheld mobile phone while driving having shot up to 31% which compares with just 8% who were prepared to admit this in 2014. Similarly the proportion of drivers who ‘own up’ to sending a text, email or posting on social media has risen to 19% today compared to 7% just two years ago.


Read full report… http://www.rac.co.uk/press-centre#/pressreleases/snap-chat-text-tweet-anything-goes-at-the-wheel-as-motorists-relax-attitudes-1559464

National Collision data now available through an online map

A free web service  showing details of road collisions and casualties across Britain includes the data for  the period 2015, data that was only released a month ago by DfT.

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Project Edward – 21st September

European Day without a Road Death 21st September 2016

Project EDWARD  

Visit … https://www.tispol.org/edward

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.

To learn more about our European (and global) e-learning driver assessment & training solution please contact us on 01452 347332.

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.


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.