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Responding to the growing global crisis of road traffic injuries, the United Nations has declared the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety was officially launched on 11th May 2011.

The goal of the Decade, endorsed by more than 100 governments, is to stabilise and then reduce global road fatalities by 2020.

The action plan covers five pillars of the safe systems approach: building road safety management capacity; improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behaviour of road users; and improving emergency services.

For more information about this initiative visit www.actionforroadsafety.org

Ban for driver caught using two mobiles

Monday, 15 August 2011

A 34-year-old man from Norwich has been given 14 points and banned from driving for 12 months after being caught by police using two mobile phones at the same time on a 70mph road.

David Secker was stopped on the A47 near Norwich in May as part of a crackdown on driving with mobile phones. He was one of 239 people caught by Norfolk police during the campaign.

Secker was found guilty at Norwich Magistrates’ Court of using a mobile while driving, not having insurance and not being in a proper position to control a car.

Police who stopped him told the court that he was talking on one phone and appeared to be texting on the other as they got closer. They also revealed that he had kept them waiting while he finished his conversation on the telephone.

His defence lawyer, Simon Nicholls, told magistrates that he had been reading a number out over the phone and was not driving his Vauxhall Tigra with his knees as had been claimed in newspapers.

The defendant was previously banned in 2008 for a drink-driving offence and was given eight penalty points in 2009 for driving without insurance.

Speaking outside the court, Secker said that the magistrates’ decision was a fair one.

Mr Nicholls said: “We hear about people driving while eating apples and doing all kind of stupid things. He accepts he made a mistake and will learn from it.”

Dangling dangerously – beware the ornamental blind spot

Thursday, 08 September 2011

Five per cent of drivers, equivalent to 1.5 million drivers, feel the need to have things dangling from their rear-view mirrors and may be breaking the law, according to an AA spot-check survey.

The survey of more than 2,000 vehicles on motorways this week found that one in 20 vehicles had items dangling from their rear-view mirror which could create a blind-spot. The number one item was a green scented tree which seemed to be favoured by van and pick-up truck drivers.

The most bizarre and dangerous item was a silver CD which in the morning sunlight had the extra danger of dazzling other drivers with the reflection. There appears to be a totally unfounded urban myth that dangling a CD will somehow avert speed camera detection. It doesn’t.

Top five items spotted dangling in the windscreen were:

Air fresheners (mainly trees)

Teddy bears (from small to one foot in length)

Miniature footballs

Beads/ rosary beads

Coats of arms (mainly football clubs).

Other odd items included small pots, shamrock, a leprechaun, a camera, ceramic animals, furry dice, boxing gloves, a Margaret Thatcher doll, a turquoise peace sign charm and a miniature horse. The survey also found evidence of various vehicles with more than one item dangling and others with discarded danglers above the dashboard.

Construction and Use Regulations state that you should have a full view of the road and traffic ahead. Windscreens and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision. The police could fine drivers if they felt that vision was impaired by the dangling item and technically the car could fail an MoT. In the MoT you should not have a windscreen sticker or other obstruction encroaching more than 10mm in the area below the rear-view mirror.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “The best windscreen is a clean and clear windscreen. Many drivers seem intent on customising their cars with windscreen clutter which often obscures their view.

“While most of the air fresheners were small and probably not interfering with vision, some cars were so cluttered that the drivers’ vision must have been impaired. At a junction a large teddy bear could easily form a blind spot to obscure sighting of a passing pedestrian or cyclist.

“We urge all drivers to remove any dangerous danglers so that they can concentrate on the road ahead.”

Many cars were also noted with:

windscreen sat nav devices positioned dangerously within the drivers’ direct field of vision

parcel shelves full of cuddly toys, tissue boxes etc obscuring rear vision

car stickers, ironically also including road safety messages, obscuring vision.