The 2018 TISPOL Conference takes place on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October at the Radisson Blu Hotel,
Following the success of Project EDWARD in 2016 and 2017, TISPOL is once again coordinating Project EDWARD, the European Day Without A Road Death, on WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
For 2018 our plan is to double our socials media engagement (we achieved a 25 million unique reach own Twitter in 2017) so that more and more people engage with our aim of reducing death and serious injury on the roads.
We also want to show that zero represents much more than a number... Zero means no midnight knock on the door, no lives torn apart...
Here’s how you can help in 2018:
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some specific ideas, or wish to ensure you are included in all the Project EDWARD information we share
- Record a video message we can put on the Project EDWARD website
- Help spread the word on social media using #ProjectEDWARD
- If you have a budget and could become a supporter - or might be able to connect us to organisations willing to assist - then we would be enormously grateful.
new report by the European Transport Safety Council shows that road
safety progress in the European Union has stagnated for the last four
years. The organisation says governments need strong political will,
urgent measures and substantial investments in safe infrastructure to
reduce the 500 deaths that occur on EU roads every single week.
The weekly number of road deaths in the EU is equivalent to two typical
passenger airliners crashing and killing everyone on board.
The latest Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) report shows that EU
Member States are struggling to make a breakthrough: 25,250 people lost
their lives on EU roads in 2017. Although road deaths declined by 2%
last year, they have decreased by just 3% over four whole years since
Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council said:
“If two passenger planes fell out of the sky every week in Europe, the public and political response would be transformational. And improvements in aviation safety in Europe over the last fifty years have been just that. We now need a matching system-wide approach to road safety."
IF YOU have not already done so, please take a look at our 2017 Annual Report. This is the third and final report against our three-year strategy 2015 - 2017. This strategy focused on four principle objectives. We set out to deliver safer and more secure roads and to also ensure that the TISPOL network was effective and efficient in the way it conducts its business and engages with key stakeholders within the road safety arena across Europe.
A French court has handed down prison sentences to two Portuguese residents of Switzerland involved in a fatal collision in France in 2016.
One man, the driver of a van, was sentenced to three years in prison. His uncle, the owner of the vehicle, was sentenced to four years, according to a report by Swiss public television, RTS. They were tried for "manslaughter" and "deliberate breach of an obligation of safety or care".
On 24 March 2016, a vehicle heading from Romont in western Switzerland to Portugal for the Easter holidays crashed, killing its 12 passengers – all Portuguese nationals residing in Switzerland. The van had been equipped to accommodate more passengers. One girl had even travelled on her parent's lap, according to the report.
It collided head-on with a truck. The accident occurred in the town of Montbeugny, in the Allier region of central France.
The men's lawyers say they won't appeal the sentences.
There has been an increase in the number of road crashes in Belgium around work zone sites. This problem has been identified by Belgium’s traffic safety institute, VIAS. In 2014 there were 588 road crashes around road work zones in Belgium.
However the data shows that in 2016, there were 764 crashes around work zone areas. An increase in the number of road repair jobs is thought to be a factor in this jump in crashes in work zones.
An investigation is underway after a horse rider was hit by a cyclist during the Windsor triathlon on Sunday. In a video released on Facebook, horse rider Jennifer Katherine revealed footage from her helmet camera.
The film shows a cyclist attempting to overtake the horse on the inside, before colliding into its side.
The frightened animal then gallops down the road in a panic while the rider struggles to bring it under control.
None of the riders stop to check on the welfare of the animal or the rider.
The video has now been viewed more than four million times.
In a statement Jennifer said there had been no warning to residents and that both she and the horse were wearing high visibility closing.
Alan Hiscox, director of safety for The British Horse Society said: “This incident was clearly very upsetting for both horse and rider, and could have been avoided.
“This type of incident can potentially result in serious injury for rider, horse and cyclist."
The dedication and commitment of Elber Twomey and her strong Duhallow fundraising team has raised a staggering €127,000 for mental health charities and hospitals which offer a "home from home" experience when family members are so gravely ill.
Last weekend saw the fifth Twomey Family Remorial and it all started in June 2014 when Elber honoured her late husband Con and beautiful 16 month-old-son, Oisín and his precious unborn sister Elber-Marie, whom they lost as a result of the tragic car crash while holidaying in Devon on July 6 2012.
Elber has shown a depth of forgiveness and kindness to so many despite having her entire family wiped out by a suicidal driver when the Twomeys were returning home from a holiday in the UK on July 6, 2012.
She not only forgave the driver but has since rolled up her sleeves and raised thousands of euro for those in need.
Elber is pictured above with Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid of An Garda Síochána and Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Devon and Cornwall Police.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has ordered 800 safety vests for supply to car rental companies in the Lofoten area, in the hope of improving the safety of tourists who stop in the road to take photographs.
The authority is concerned for the safety of tourists who stop their cars "anywhere" to photograph the dramatic scenery of the region.
"They often stop in places that are not easy to see, and when everyone in the car gets out to take photographs, dangerous situations for traffic can result," NPRA department director Jørn Simonsen said.
Nordland Police district receives on a daily basis reports of unsafe driving and dangerous situations involving tourists, according to the report.
"We have now bought vests so that all passengers will have access to them," Simonsen added.
The traffic agency is also working on a road safety information booklet that will be translated into several languages.
And also from Norway...
A new video that we like. It is called 'Thank you for your attention"...
That's all for this edition. We will be back with the next
TISPOL Bulletin on Tuesday 3 July.
TISPOL Bulletin on Tuesday 3 July.