A recap of the road safety news in brief from 20 June to 1 July:
FRIDAY 01 JULY
01 Jul: 11.15
First death caused by self-driving technology?
US authorities are investigating the first death potentially caused by self-driving technology after the driver of a autonomous Tesla car died in Florida in May after colliding with a lorry. (BBC News)
THURSDAY 30 JUNE
30 Jun: 13.00
Stephen Glaister reappointed as chair of the ORR
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has reappointed Stephen Glaister as chair of the Office of Rail and Road until December 2017.
WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE
29 Jun: 13.15
Strategy to ensure cycle funding in Dundee
Councillors in Dundee will be told that a new cycling strategy in the city will make sure that cycling and walking have at least a 5% share of the total spending on roads and transportation each year.
TUESDAY 28 JUNE
28 Jun: 12.00
Programme confirmed for TISPOL conference
TISPOL has announced the full programme its annual International Road Safety Conference, ‘Road Safety: Innovation and Success’, with a ‘exciting and diverse’ line-up of speakers, drawn from police officers, policy makers and academics.
MONDAY 27 JUNE
27 Jun: 12.00
IAM RoadSmart to drive forward tyre safety awareness as official TyreSafe supporter
IAM RoadSmart has become an official supporter of TyreSafe, the UK’s not-for-profit tyre safety awareness organisation, in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of defective and illegal tyres.
THURSDAY 23 JUNE
23 June: 15.00
World first as Sweden opens ‘electric road’ for trucks
Trials of the world’s first ‘electric road’ began in Sweden yesterday (22 June), aiming to halve energy consumption and eliminate local emissions.
23 June: 12.45
GEM supports European claims that police cuts are costing lives on the roads
Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist has supported a claim from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) suggesting the decline in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences is a key reason why casualty numbers are not falling.
WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE
22 Jun: 13.45
Warning signs for Seoul’s ‘smartphone zombies’ (via BBC Monitoring)
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is installing 300 new street signs to warn pedestrians about the dangers of walking while engrossed in their smartphones.
Photo via YTN News
TUESDAY 21 JUNE
21 Jun: 11.00
Nearly half of parents and grandparents are ‘more distracted’ drivers than before
Conducted on behalf of IAM RoadSmart, nearly 50% of respondents to a survey on the Mumsnet and Gransnet websites say they get more distracted with driving today than before.
MONDAY 20 JUNE
20 Jun: 09.30
Be prepared for spells of severe weather – GEM
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is advising drivers to be ready for spells of severe weather this summer, paying particular attention to hailstorms, after reports of a number of incidents where hailstorms were occurring at the time.