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Poor sighted drivers putting road users at risk

Posted: December 15, 2008

One in 10 drivers have had an accident or a near miss because they were not wearing their glasses while driving.

A survey, commissioned by Specsavers to mark Road Safety Week (November 24-30), reveals that 26% of drivers have not had their sight checked since they passed their test. Of those, nearly half believe they would fail an eye examination. Continue Reading…

DVLA Launches e-licence checking service

Posted: December 15, 2008

The DVLA has launched a new licence-checking service, which allows companies to submit driving licence details online and receive replies within 24 hours.

The service will make it much easier and quicker for businesses to check that potential drivers hold the relevant licence and will highlight if they have any endorsements and what they are. Continue Reading…

Consultation document seeks views on measures aimed at improving compliance levels with key Road Safety Laws

Posted: December 8, 2008

The Department for Transport has recently published a consultation document covering proposals for improving compliance with key road safety laws in a bid to reduce road casualties. The 5 key issues covered are speeding, drink driving, seatbelt wearing, drug driving and careless driving.

Speeding

Despite concerted enforcement, engineering and publicity efforts, around 50 % of vehicles are still driven at speeds exceeding the 30mph speed limit. The Department of Transport will refresh its THINK! Speed campaign in 2009 with a continuing focus on 30mph roads, where a small change in speed can make the difference between life and death for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. Continue Reading…

It may not be safer to go by cycle!

Posted: December 8, 2008

The number of cyclists injured in England has increased by almost a quarter in the last five years, according to official figures. (Not all on the road)

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said 13,368 riders were admitted to English hospitals in 2006-7, up from 10,795 in 2002-3, a 23.8% increase.

In 2006-7, the latest figures available, some 1,873 cyclists were injured after colliding with cars or vans and 129 were in collisions with lorries and buses. Continue Reading…

A timely reminder of the perils of drink driving

Posted: December 8, 2008

Commenting on the recent launch of the Department for Transport’s THINK! Campaign and the start of a nationwide police operation to tackle the menace of drink and drug driving over the festive period, Deputy Chief Constable Adam Briggs, Chair of ACPO Roads Policing Operations Forum said:

“With the festive season fast approaching, police forces across the UK will be working to make sure our roads are safer by detecting drivers under the influence of drink or drugs. Continue Reading…

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