Road safety news in brief: 5-9 October

12.00 | 10 October 2015 |

A recap of the news in brief from the week commencing 5 October.


09 Oct: 14.30
Photo competition launched for Walk to School month
October is Walk to School Month and the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre has created a photo competition to encourage children to celebrate the benefits of walking to school.

09 Oct: 12.30
Driver error cited in more than 117,000 collision casualties
The IAM has urged drivers to "take responsibility for their own actions" after figures showing driver error was a factor in more than 117,000 road collision casualties in 2014.
09 Oct: 10.00
Seminar to demand ‘zero tolerance’ on drink and drug driving
This seminar, organised by Brake and held in Manchester, will focus on effective interventions in the workplace including testing and education programmes.
09 Oct: 09.00
New technology set to ‘transform’ England’s motorways
A new high-tech intelligent transport system is set to transform the way traffic is managed on England’s motorways.
08 Oct: 15.00
DriveSafe cautions government backing for driverless cars
The Government’s decision to back the development of driverless cars has received a cautious response from the road safety charity DriveSafe & StaySafe.
08 Oct: 12.45
ETSC and PACTS event will focus on drink driving
ETSC and  PACTS  are holding  a national conference on tackling drink-driving as part of the SMART (Sober Mobility Across Road Transport) project.
08 Oct: 09.30
Highway Code made easier to use online
The Highway Code on GOV.UK has been made easier to use, as research shows how keeping up to date changes people’s road behaviour.
07 Oct: 15.30
Motorists at risk from worn tyres
Research by the AA has revealed that 65% of female drivers, and 36% of male drivers "put their lives at risk" by running worn tyres because they rely mainly on garages for information on when to change them.
07 Oct: 12.45
Awareness better than prosecution, AA tells European police
Educating drivers, riders and pedestrians about road safety risks is more effective than heavy-handed prosecutions says AA president Edmund King, speaking at the TISPOL 2015 conference.
07 Oct: 10.45
GEM issues warning over deer danger
GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to take extra care in areas where deer are common this autumn as the rutting season means deer are more mobile than usual, increasing the risk of collisions.
07 Oct: 09.45
Drivers back FIA road safety campaign
Leading drivers joined FIA president Jean Todt in highlighting the governing body’s ‘Action for Road Safety Campaign’ at the Tour de Course last weekend.
06 Oct: 13.45
RAC Cars ‘Memorable Models Test of Time’ top ten
Britain’s love affair with cars is clear to see with 30m of them now being driven up and down the country, but newly published figures show that some of the most memorable models from years gone by are now fast disappearing from our roads.
06 Oct: 12.00
Rally legend Paddy Hopkirk urges road safety for older drivers
The Monte Carlo Rally winner has backed Bucks County Council’s Mature Driving Scheme, saying he was "horrified" when he saw the collision stats for over 65s.
05 Oct: 16.00
Get most dangerous drivers off Europe’s roads, say police chiefs
Tispol will use its annual conference, starting tomorrow (6 Oct), to call for better protection of vulnerable road users, with greater efforts to rid Europe’s roads of the most dangerous drivers.
05 Oct: 14.00
20mph limits offer ‘toxic diesel fume reduction’
Setting a wide 20mph limit would be the equivalent to removing nearly half of all petrol cars, according to ’20’s Plenty for Us’.
05 Oct: 11.00
Students on the right road to learning how to drive safely
Schools in Lancaster recently took part in a Road Safety Awareness Day involving Lancashire Constabulary’s Neighbourhood and Traffic Officers in conjunction with Young Driver, driver training.
05 Oct: 10.30
Congratulations to Academy competition winners
Congratulations to the two winners of the competition run by Road Safety GB Academy at the recent Emergency Services Show on 23-24 Sept. Jean Cragg MBE, from Hucknall in Nottingham, has won a free place on the one day Behavioural Change Course, while Sallyann Baldry, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, has won a free place on the Road Safety Practitioners Foundation Course.


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