This year the focus is on asking drivers to #SlowDown and is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety on 11 May 2011.
Global Road safety Week is organised by the UN Road Safety Collaboration, which was set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2004 to ‘discuss global road safety issues’ and ‘facilitate international cooperation and strengthen global and regional coordination among UN agencies’.
The General Medical Council’s new guidance on confidentiality comes into effect on 25 April 2017. In addition to revising the general guidance, the GMC has also updated the specific principles on a patient’s fitness to drive and reporting concerns to the DVLA or DVA.
The GMC clearly states the steps that a doctor should take if they believe a patient may pose a risk to others by continuing to drive.
Assess the patient’s fitness to drive against the required standard
Nominations are being sought for the Road Safety Wales Annual Awards 2017.
The Award Scheme recognises good road safety practice, innovative projects and personal contributions being undertaken in communities around Wales, and are a small token of recognition to those individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety - above and beyond what would normally have been expected of them.
Award recipients are not necessarily road safety professionals, but all have been undertaking road safety professionally, and Road Safety Wales would like to thank them for all their work and raise awareness of their unsung contributions.
Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales. The revised guidelines in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines come into effect from today (24 April 2017).
The Sentencing Council said it wanted a "clear increase in penalty" as the seriousness of offending increases. It said previous guidelines did not properly take into account the increase in potential harm that can result as speed above the limit rises.
Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate feels it is not in the interests of justice to do so.
While GoSafe place cameras at sites where people have been killed or injured, they do not believe in waiting for people to be injured before they take action.
That is why mobile cameras also operate in areas where communities have complained that speed is endangering lives and a survey confirms that there is a genuine speeding problem.
One new site will shortly be enforced at Rhosesmor in Flintshire. This has been brought about due to concerns within the community. A speed survey showed that there was a potential speeding issue, and as a result a new site has been created.
TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!
TyreSafe has campaigned for ten years to raise the awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, working closely with key road safety stakeholders including Highways England. The national advertising over Easter will help reinforce TyreSafe’s ongoing road safety initiatives and spread the message to check tyres before a long journey.
Half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. However, breakdowns are not the only concern - tyres account for 40% of fatal or serious injuries caused by vehicle defect-related incidents.
With the Easter break approaching, thoughts may be turning to days out, trips to the seaside and visits to other attractions.
Every year Highways England traffic officers deal with more than 85,000 breakdowns on the roads they patrol.
In the last two years, over 40 per cent of these breakdowns were caused by vehicles running out of fuel, tyre maintenance, power loss and engine trouble. You wouldn't fly without the proper checks being carried out, so why drive without them?