Archive for the 'road safety' Category

Injured motorist sues Highways Agency over black ice – Daily Telegraph

“A motorist who spent two days on a life support machine after crashing on black ice is suing the Highways Agency for failing to grit the road properly.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Seatbelt dodgers face tougher penalties – Home Office

“Motorists caught without a seatbelt will now face on-the-spot fines of £60.”

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Home Office, 29th June 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Fines for not wearing a seatbelt double – Daily Telegraph

“Fines for not wearing a seatbelt have been doubled to £60 after the Home Office admitted the previous penalty was not acting as a sufficient deterrent.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police using Google Street View-style cars to spy on motorists – Daily Telegraph

“Police are resorting to vehicles resembling Google’s Street View cars to catch motorists breaking the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th April 2009

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Outrage at ruling on helmets for cyclists – The Independent

“Britain’s cyclists reacted in uproar yesterday to a High Court ruling that they can be blamed for their injuries if they don’t wear a helmet – even if the accident itself was caused by someone else.”

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The Independent, 16th March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Rural speed limits may be reduced to 50mph – The Independent

“Speed limits on most single-carriageway roads in rural areas could be cut from 60mph to 50mph under a Government plan to cut the number of deaths in car accidents.”

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The Independent, 9th March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Novice drivers face a ban for one speeding offence – The Times

“Novice drivers could face an automatic ban after a single speeding offence, and would have to retake their tests, under proposals for a tightening of road safety laws.”

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The Times, 21st November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MPs demand action on road deaths – BBC News

“Lower speed limits and a tougher enforcement of drink-driving laws are needed to cut the number of road deaths, MPs have said.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Father given suspended sentence after daughter’s quad bike death – The Guardian

“The father of a seven-year-old girl killed in a head-on collision while riding a quad bike was today given a nine-month suspended jail term after admitting his daughter’s manslaughter.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crackdown on those who don’t use seatbelts

“The Home Office has launched a consultation into increasing the fixed penalty for those who fail to wear a seatbelt.”

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Home Office, 15th September 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Road Safety Act 2006: Implementation of Sections 20 and 21 – Ministry of Justice

“A circular providing an overview of the new offences of causing death by careless driving and causing death by driving when unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured, which will be implemented on 18 August 2008.”

Circular 2008/03: Road Safety Act 2006: Implementation of Sections 20 and 21 (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 18th August 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Road safety: Impose total alcohol ban for teenage drivers, says chief medical officer – The Guardian

“A zero drink-driving limit should be imposed on all drivers under 20, the chief medical officer recommended yesterday, saying that such a ban would save lives.”

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The Guardian, 15th july 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Seatbelt law anniversary marked with grim statistics – The Guardian

“About 370 people die in road crashes in Britain each year because they fail to wear a seatbelt, safety campaigners said today.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Village wants to digitally disappear – OUT-LAW.com

“A small English village has asked a provider of GPS data to take it off the map. Villagers said that dangerous truck traffic has rocketed in the tiny town since GPS use became ubiquitous.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Speed penalty point plan attacked – BBC News

“Plans to increase penalty points for speeding motorists could ‘criminalise’ a large section of the UK’s workforce, driving instructors have warned.”

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BBC News, 19th November 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Penalty points double for speeding drivers – The Times

“Motorists face being banned from driving for only two speeding offences under a government plan to double the fixed penalty for exceeding the limit by a wide margin, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 9th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Family wins £110,000 for skid death – The Times

“The family of a motorcyclist who died after skidding on a patch of diesel on a country road has been awarded £110,000 in compensation in one of the first claims of its kind in Britain.”

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The Times, 6th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Home Office minister fined for using his mobile while driving – The Times

“A Home Office minister who has regularly campaigned on road safety was fined and had his licence endorsed yesterday after being convicted of driving while talking on his mobile telephone.”

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The Times, 3rd November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Employers face prosecution over crashes involving company car drivers – The Times

“Companies that fail to make sure that their employees drive safely face prosecution under a new campaign by police to reduce the 1,000 fatal crashes a year involving work vehicles.”

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The Times, 25th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Expanded Highway Code tells learners to drive with courtesy – The Independent

“For the first time in eight years an updated version of the Highway Code has been released, with 133 pages to cover 29 new road rules and a plethora of safety tips.”

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The Independent, 28th September 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Driving licence age set to rise, report says – The Guardian

“The minimum legal driving age could be raised to 18 in an attempt to cut the number of deaths caused by young and inexperienced drivers, it was reported today.”

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The Guardian, 6th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Elderly motorists face extra tests to keep licences – Daily Telegraph

“New curbs could be introduced on older drivers under plans being considered by the Department for Transport.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MPs want to raise solo driving age to 18 – Reuters

“Young drivers should be banned from driving alone before they are 18, in an attempt to reduce deaths on the roads, an influential group of MPs said on Thursday.”

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Reuters, 19th July 2007

Source: www.reuters.com

Accidents banished from Highway Code – The Times

“The word ‘accident’ is to be banned from the new edition of the Highway Code in an attempt to persuade drivers and police that someone is almost always to blame for a death or injury on the roads.”

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The Times, 12th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Road safety measure backfires as disqualified drivers ‘vanish’ – The Times

“A law that was intended to improve road safety by targeting reckless young drivers has had the opposite effect, a study has found.”

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The Times, 1st May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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