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2007: Malta has Lowest Fatal Traffic Accident Rate
roads might seem more than a little crowded during the rush hour, the
island registered the lowest rate of fatalities in traffic accidents in
the European Union.
figures estimated that for every one million registered vehicles 61
persons lose their lives on Maltese roads.
In turn, Latvia
recorded the highest rate of fatalities in road accidents, with 752
persons losing their lives per every one million registered vehicles.
Sweden, the United
Kingdom, Holland and Germany also had low average rates with 117, 121,
126, and 129 dead respectively, per one million registered cars,
reported HotNews, quoting the Eurostat report.
Latvia; Romania, Lithuania and Slovakia recorded high averages of 752,
749, 571 and 507 persons respectively who all deceased in car crashes
for every one million registered cars.
2007: 40% of Road Deaths are Young Drivers
• Road deaths
biggest in 15-25-year-old age group
• Same age group
has just one in eight licenses
• Calls for urgent
shake-up of driver training
account for more than two in five road deaths, according to new research
by safety campaign organisation Brake.
Brake says that
1297 of the 3201 deaths in 2005 involved a motorist or rider aged
between 15 and 25, according to figures supplied to it by the Department
for Transport and the Northern Ireland Police Service, despite the fact
they account for just one in eight licenses....
from What Car?
2007: 8 Die in Dodoma Road Crash
AT least eight
people died here yesterday after a commuter bus carrying students from
Meriwa, Kisasa and Doreta secondary schools was involved in a headon
collision with a bus owned by the Scandinavian Bus Services Company.
The deceased were
identified as Josephine Nyanda, a student, the driver of the commuter
bus, who was identified only by the name Ali, and its conductor Clemence
Ndimizi. The identity of five others is yet to be known, according to
the acting Dodoma Regional Medical Officer, Dr Mzee Nassoro.
Eye witnesses said
that the commuter bus was flattened by the Scandinavian Bus, which
remained intact and had no casualties. Police said they were still
investigating the cause of accident....
from Daily News
2007: Cut-Price Training Plan to Slash Young Drivers' Death Toll
Young drivers are
to be given help towards the cost of advanced road training in an effort
to cut the rising death toll among the under-25s.
The pilot plan
will operate for six months in the North-east, which has Scotland's
highest death rate for young drivers. Under the scheme, the Executive
will pay for half the cost of advanced driver training for
17-25-year-olds in Moray, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire....
from The Scotsman
2007: Stringent Regulations for Young Drivers are Working, Experts
lawmakers consider a proposal that would make the state's teen driver
licensing system one of the nation's most stringent, top researchers say
such laws are saving young lives in states where they have been enacted,
but much remains to be done.
restrictions on teen licenses "is clearly the best policy intervention
we have so far to reduce teen driving deaths," said Daniel Keating, who
studies adolescent development and the teen brain at the University of
Michigan. "It has the biggest bang for the buck."
Every state has
some component of Graduated Driver Licensing, or GDL, but the rules vary
greatly, creating a patchwork of systems with varying restrictions. In
states with the most limitations, researchers say, fatality rates have
declined in recent years....
Full story, from Belleville
2007: Road Accident Kills 10 in Uganda
At least 10 people
have been killed in a road collision between a commuter minibus and a
trailer at Kyabadaza, 25 km south of Kampala, capital of Uganda.
The Mpigi district
Police Commander Ivan Nuwamanya was quoted by state-owned New Vision on
Thursday saying that the driver of the minibus, which was heading to
Kampala on Wednesday lost control after a tyre burst and collided with a
staggered into the path of the trailer that was moving to Rwanda," he
dragged the commuter taxi into a valley and flattened it with all the
passengers inside, he added.
"We have already
removed nine bodies but there are still more under the belly of the
trailer," said Nuwamanya.
Another six people
were injured including the driver of the trailer and his colleague in
2007: 16 People from Chinese Wedding Party Killed in Road Accident
passenger vehicle returning from a wedding party plunged off a cliff in
central China, killing 16 members of an extended family, state media
Another 16 people
were injured - six of them seriously - when the small truck packed with
32 wedding guests "veered off the road and over a cliff" in central
China's Hubei province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Xinhua had earlier
reported that the groom, Li Zhimin, who was driving the truck, had died
at the scene of the accident but later said he had survived but was in
deputy head of the provincial safety office, blamed bad weather and
overloading of the truck for Wednesday's accident.
"The truck was
only allowed to carry four people, but the actual passenger number was
eight times more," Liu was quoted as saying.
8, 2007: Programme Aims to Shock Young Drivers into Changing
A programme aimed
at shocking dangerous young drivers into changing their behaviour has
been launched by Manukau City Council and several local agencies.
The pilot course
targets those under 17 facing serious traffic charges.
John Finch says a variety of shock tactics will be used during the
42-hour intensive programme, including a visit to Counties Manukau
police cells and to the Otara Spinal Unit .
This week three
teenagers were involved in separate high-speed police chases.
Radio New Zealand]
7, 2007: Police Crack down on Speeding near Schools after Chase
From this morning,
police say they will strictly enforce the speed limit near schools.
It is part of a
new Speed Kills Kids campaign which police are launching because they
say speeding around schools is a major issue.
Between 2001 and
2005, about 500 child pedestrians and cyclists were killed or injured
during school terms.
Policing Manager, Superintendent Dave Cliff says that has to stop.
shortly after yet another police chase has ended in death - this time of
a 14-year-old in a stolen car who failed to stop for police and led them
on a long distance, high speed chase.
2007: Five Killed, 13 Injured in Traffic Accident in South Russia
Five people were
killed and 13 injured in a traffic accident early Wednesday morning on a
federal highway linking Moscow and the southern city of Rostov-on-Don,
the local emergency situations ministry said.
occurred in the Voronezh Region, about 310 miles south of Moscow, when a
Setra bus with two drivers and 18 passengers aboard collided with a
Kamaz truck, a spokesman for the ministry said.
It is the second
major accident in the past 24 hours on this federal highway.
afternoon, at the 97th kilometer (60th mile) marker of the highway in
the Moscow Region, a truck driver lost control of his long-haul vehicle,
sending it skidding sideways along the slippery highway and causing
about 30 cars to crash into it.
Five people were
reported injured in the pileup.
2007: Young Drivers 'Still Ignoring Speed Limits Despite Carnage'
throughout the north-east of Scotland are continuing to ignore safety
warnings and to drive recklessly and at high speed, despite recent
carnage on the roads, Grampian Police warned yesterday.
Two weekends ago
three people, aged between 17 and 20, were killed in a series of crashes
in Moray and Aberdeenshire.
yesterday revealed that last weekend one teenage driver had been clocked
at 104mph - 44mph over the speed limit - on the main Aberdeen to Elgin
road, while another young motorist was caught doing 70mph on Aberdeen's
beach front - more than twice the legal limit....
story, from The Scotsman
2007: Traffic Accident Kills at Least 10 in Hubei
A truck carrying
over 40 people plunged off a cliff killing at least 10 in Hubei Province
this morning, Xinhua news agency reported.
The truck was
driving from Sangzhi County to Hefeng County around 10am when it fell
off the cliff, a witness said.
More than 10
bodies have been found at the scene and eight victims have been sent to
hospital, the reported said.
A deputy director
of the Hubei work safety authority rushed to the scene around 2pm,
heading a task force.
unsure of how many people were on the truck at the time and rescue work
is still underway.
2007: Shame on Bad Drivers
More than 400,000
motorists in Bahrain were caught breaking the law last year, according
to police figures released yesterday.
the list, with 72,520 bookings, following by 26,752 for not wearing
There were, 23,114
bookings for unregistered vehicles, 12,885 for failure to obey traffic
lanes 1,647 for driving with children aged under 10 years in the front
seat and 179 for drink-driving, to give just some examples.
The figures were
revealed as General Directorate of Traffic (GDT) director-general
Colonel Shaikh Khalifa bin Hassan Al Khalifa put the responsibility for
death and injury on Bahrain's roads squarely on the shoulders of bad
Full story, from Gulf
2007: University in Malaysia
Plans Road Safety Campaign Yearly
Sabah (UMS) will consider holding its Road Safety Awareness Campaign
every year to help inculcate safe driving habits not only among students
but also the public.
Its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin,
said the campaign has proven to be successful and meaningful for the
students as well as the public and therefore should be carried out
He said this while closing the campaign at the UMS
campus here Saturday, which was opened earlier by Infrastructure
Development Ministry Permanent Secretary Pengiran Hassanel Datuk
Pengiran Mohd Tahir on behalf of Assistant Minister Datuk Aklee Abas.
Mohd Noh said a lot of the programmes such as
exhibitions, quizzes, contests and ceramahs were able to help students
and the public prevent accidents inside the campus as well as while
motoring on public roads.
He said the students faced the risk of accidents not
only on public roads but also inside the campus and thus, it is
important to expose them to safe driving.
from Daily Express
2007: New Zealand: Speed
Kills Kids Road Safety Campaign Extended
speed near schools and pre-schools can expect to be ticketed as part of
a tougher approach to the police 'Speed Kills Kids' road safety
campaign, timed to start with this month's beginning of the academic
Senior Sergeant Doug Rowan, Wellington District Road
Policing Group, said motorists who are caught travelling at more than
54km/hr within 250 metres of a school boundary will be issued with an
infringement notice - unless there are exceptional reasons not to do so.
The national police campaign - introduced a year ago -
has been extended this year to include kindergartens, play centres, pre
schools and Kohanga Reo facilities. The police imposed time restriction
of 7.30am to 9am and 3pm to 4.30pm on school days has also been removed.
2006: India: Nine Dead in Uttar Pradesh Road Accident
Nine people were killed and eight injured when the
three-wheeler tempo they were travelling in was hit by a speeding truck
near Firozabad, 60 km from here, news reports said Sunday.
occurred Saturday on the Delhi-Kolkata highway near Firozabad. Army
personnel of a passing convoy helped in pulling out the injured from the
Television Actor Switches
Role to Become Road Safety Activist
Television-artist-turned social worker, S. Suresh, has turned to
creating more awareness among road users about road safety. He has
launched a few programmes to highlight the issue in Chennai. At 37, he
plans to give up his acting career and take safety issues to more people
on the road, as he explains to P. Oppili.
His quest began when he saw an advertisement in a local neighbourhood
newspaper about the death anniversary of an IIT Student Sameer Anand. It
set him thinking on the importance of road safety.
Mr. Suresh says: "Sameer was intelligent and had donated blood several
times and refused to go out of India even after he was offered a huge
salary and other facilities. He wanted to serve his own people but,
sadly, died in a road accident.
Full article, from
2007: India: 19 Killed, 20 Injured in Jammu and Kashmir Road
At least 19
persons were killed and 23 others wounded when an overcrowded Matador
minibus they were traveling on skidded off a road and fell into a deep
gorge near Dabhar in the mountainous Nowshera area of Jammu and
Kashmir's frontier district of Rajouri on Friday.
According to media
reports, the area's senior superintendent of police, Farooq Khan, told
reporters that the wreckage of the ill-fated minibus was found in a
150-ft deep gorge and some of the bodies of the dead and the injured
were scattered downhill.
He added that
rescue teams were immediately rushed to the spot to save the lives of
the critically injured, who were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Reports said that
13 of the seriously injured have been admitted to Jammu's government-run
Medical College Hospital whereas 10 others were being treated at the
district hospital in Rajouri.
said that the passengers of the minibus were on their way to a function
being held to mark guru Ravi Dass' anniversary.
Islamic Republic News
2007: WA a State of Driving Hoons
WA is a hotbed of
hoons, with police impounding one car a day and kamikaze drivers raising
hell on country roads.
statistics obtained by The Sunday Times show that 905 vehicles have been
impounded since anti-hoon legislation came into force in September 2004.
The data shows
about a third of hoons caught in WA did not have a full driver's licence
- 276 were probationary drivers and nine were learners.
And the state's
most irresponsible drivers prefer to ``light up'' country roads, with
551 seizures in regional WA.
But police have
warned the statistics are just the tip of the iceberg, with hundreds of
offences going undetected....
Full story, from Sunday Times.au
2007: Teen Car Deaths down about 40 Percent since '02
The deaths of teen
drivers and their passengers have dropped by about 40 percent in
Colorado over the last four years, according to statistics released
Thursday by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Young drivers have
been required to log more time behind the wheel with an adult since July
1999, when the state's graduated driver's license law took effect. The
law was prompted by the deaths of four teens in a crash in Weld
story, from TheDenverChannel.com
2007: Speed Cameras Have Cut Road Carnage by over 40%: PSNI
claimed that Northern Ireland's speed camera programme has saved lives
as they revealed that there has been a 41% reduction in the number of
serious or fatal collisons in areas where cameras are located.
by the PSNI's Central Statistics Unit also showed that the number of
deaths and serious injuries at sites where there is a fixed camera are
down by almost 75%.
has four fixed speed cameras - on the Saintfield Road, the Antrim Road,
the Upper Newtownards Road and the Springfield Road in Belfast. They
were introduced in July 2003.
In addition mobile
cameras using laser technology are deployed on 33 roads across the
Full story, from
2007: Study: Teen Drivers' Lack of Focus Leads to Wrecks
the road might have contributed to the deaths of three El Paso-area
teenagers who were killed this month in car crashes, a finding that's
supported by a new study that examines teenagers' driving habits....
released Thursday, which was conducted by the Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Co., found that teenage drivers
have become more cognizant of the importance of wearing seat belts and
of the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
But the study
indicates teenagers on the road are prone to accidents because of risky
distractions such as the use of hand- held electronic devices, cell
phones and loud music.
The study also
found that teenagers can fall victim by engaging in risky driving
behaviors, such as driving more than 10 mph over the speed limit and
driving while fatigued.
from El Paso Times
2007: Educating Teen Drivers is Key to Cutting Deaths
motorists to take care on the road cited education as a key component to
ensuring young drivers refrain from distractions, including alcohol,
that might lure their eyes away from the road....
A study, 'Driving
Through the Eyes of Teens,' released Thursday by the Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Co., indicates teenagers are
increasingly aware of the dangers of drinking and driving.
distractions, such as use of cell phones and hand-held electronic
devices, smoking and loud music, may also be contributing to crashes
that can be deadly.
The study, done
through school surveys, focus groups and surveys of about 5,600
teenagers, examined through the National Young Driver Survey the habits
of young drivers....
from El Paso Times
2007: Campaign to Protect Young Drivers Launched
The Iowa Attorney
General's Office has announced a new campaign aimed at keeping young
drivers safe on the roads. The AG's office is partnering with the Ad
Council and Students Against Drunk Driving to reduce reckless driving.
Spokesperson," encourages young adults to speak up when they are in a
car with friends and don't feel safe. Attorney General Tom Miller says,
"Research shows teens worry they'll be seen as uncool if the complain
about a friends driving, but the research also shows teen drivers will
listen because they don't want to damage the friendship."
About 100 16 to
24-year-old drivers are killed in traffic accidents each year in Iowa.
2007: Five Dead, 20 Injured in Road Accident in Morocco
Five people were
killed and 20 others injured in a road accident in Morocco on Thursday
morning in the rural district of Saada on the national highway N. 8, MAP
occurred as a result of a head-on collision between a bus and a trailer
truck which was ferrying sand.
Local disaster and
emergency services visited the scene of the accident where they
administered help and evacuated the victims and the injured to Ibn
Toufail hospital in Marrakech.
People's Daily Online]
2007: AAA Provides Guidelines to Parents of Teen Drivers
In the aftermath
of traffic crashes that have claimed the lives of teenagers, their
passengers and other motorists, the AAA Clubs of New Jersey remind
parents of new drivers that teenagers have the highest collision rate of
any age group and teenagers who have driven a year or less have the
worst crash rates.
According to a
press release, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that
pedestrians, passengers and occupants of other cars account for nearly
two out of three fatalities in teen crashes....
Full story, from Tri-Town News
2007: Qatar: Automakers
Work on Safety Systems
Called the Kanagawa
project, automakers in Japan are studying a system that alerts drivers
to the presence of children in a busy urban neighbourhood.
As part of the experiment,
Nissan Motor Corp. is placing bracelets on young children that relay
signals to vehicles in the area. Drivers passing through are told,
“Children nearby, please be careful.”
...Safety remains a
competitive issue for manufacturers and a major selling point at
dealerships. A recent poll conducted by AP-AOL Autos found that 21 per
cent of consumers wanted side air bags as an option, the most popular
choice, followed by 20 per cent seeking antilock brakes. The telephone
poll of 1,004 adults was conducted on December 19-21, 2006, and the
margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
In Detroit’s auto show, the interest in advanced safety
measures was apparent. Volvo Cars introduced an XC60 crossover concept
with a radar system that monitors vehicles about 20 feet in front of the
car. When a collision is likely, the technology helps the driver avoid a
rear crash by automatically activating the car’s brakes...
Full story, from
2007: Eavesdropping 'Black Boxes'
Motor vehicle data
recorders are saving lives but provoking privacy concerns amongst the
public, says a leading accident researcher and consultant with Western's
Multi-Disciplinary Accident Research Team.
"Studies have shown that when drivers are aware of
Event Data Recorders, the frequency of crashes is reduced,"
Dr. Robert Green
told a gathering of senior alumni in the McKellar Room.
"Increased knowledge of crash type and severity also
helps trauma centres treat patients better," says Green.
Green is Professor Emeritus of Western's law faculty
and a former Ontario coroner. He is an internationally recognized
authority in motor vehicle accident reconstruction and has testified at
more than 350 trials...
Needs to Do More to Prevent Highway Deaths
Texas lawmakers have been slackers in enacting laws to
reduce the state's highway deaths and injuries, a
coalition of highway safety groups said Monday.
state needs laws requiring all motorcycle riders to wear
helmets, for young children to ride in safety booster
seats, alcohol and drug testing for drivers killed in
traffic accidents, and sobriety checkpoints, Advocates
for Highway and Auto Safety said in a report.
has a ways to go in enacting the 15 laws that the group's
research has shown will make highways safer, said Judith
Stone, president of the alliance of insurance, consumer,
health, safety and law enforcement organizations, which
lobbies for state and national highway and vehicle safety
group's "2007 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws" ranked
Texas in the "yellow" group of 31 states that have middling
records of adopting its recommended laws. No state has
enacted all the laws.
group gave Texas a 9.5 rating out of a possible 15.
are 16 "green" states deemed to have done a good job and
three "red" states that have fallen "dangerously behind" in
protecting drivers and passengers.
2006 analysis comes after a year in which deaths in traffic
accidents jumped. In 2005, 43,443 people nationwide died in
highway crashes, the highest number since 1990, when 44,599
Full article, from
2007: Experts Urge 'Trunking' Ban
After Teen Accident
The practice of "trunking"
has been around ever since teens began sneaking into drive-in theatres.
But the growing phenomenon of people riding in the trunks of cars has
led to tragic results, with dozens killed and injured across North
America over the past few years.
Ottawa youth who was riding in the trunk of a Chrysler Intrepid is in
guarded condition in hospital, after the vehicle swerved off the road
and crashed into the front of a house Tuesday morning.
pending against the 19-year-old driver, one of six people who were
in the vehicle. Two teens were riding in the trunk: the injured teen
and a 17-year-old.
happened a day after a law came into effect in the state of
California banning trunking. The state also bans teenage drivers
from having teenage passengers in a car without a licensed driver
over 25 years old...
Full article, from CTV
2007: Vehicle Safety Check Before Winter Travel
Arriving safely should be every
driver's primary concern. While winter weather, increased traffic,
driver fatigue and shortened daylight hours can make driving more
hazardous during winter, a poorly maintained vehicle shouldn't be added
to that list of potential driving hazards.
Here are some simple vehicle
safety checks that drivers can do, starting with the front windshield.
More than 75 percent of all
accidents that occur during severe weather are due to impaired
Full article, from
"Prime-time" Safety Precautions
You"ve heard the
statistics from the government safety groups: "Wearing three-point seat
belts reduces the likelihood of dying from crash injuries by 45 percent
in passenger car crashes and 60 percent in light truck crashes."
A majority of people wear safety belts while driving,
including you, but it was just a trip down to the gas station, you
thought. Perhaps you have watched too many prime-time TV shows - at
least, if a couple of researchers" observations hold truth.
A recent article on LiveScience.com says a new study
found America"s prime-time TV shows do not accurately reflect safety
habits of motorists, motorcyclists and bicyclists when it comes to use
of seat belts and helmets...
Full story, from
Tahlequah Daily Press
351 New Year Road
Deaths in Thailand
At least 351
people were killed in road accidents and 3,970 injured over a five-day
New Year period in Thailand.
were caused by drunken motorcycle riders, officials said
More than 3,500
road accidents occurred between December 28 and January 1, as Thais
travelled from cities to beaches and mountains in large numbers, said
Anucha Mokkawej, chief of the Interior Ministry’s Disaster Prevention
and Mitigation Centre.
will be returning to work tomorrow morning, but the centre will be keep
count of accidents until the end of the day.
About 47% of
accidents were due to drink-driving and 25 per cent were attributed to
fast driving. Motorcycles were involved in 88 percent of vehicles that
During last year’s
holiday period, 347 were killed over the first five days.
2007: Fewer Road Deaths, but Still a Long Way to Go in New Zealand
The road toll last
year was the lowest in 46 years despite the deaths of six people in the
last 24 hours of the year.
It was the first
year since 1963 in which fewer than 400 people died on the roads and the
total of 387 was the lowest since 1960, when 374 lives were lost.
policing manager Superintendent Dave Cliff said despite a spate of
accidents after Christmas things were "quite positive"....
Full story, from New Zealand
2006: Road Deaths Trigger Call for Police Funding Boost
The Member for
Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson, says there needs to be more funding for
police after the north coast region recorded the highest number of road
fatalities in Queensland.
died in traffic accidents in the region during the year, more than any
other region in the state.
In total, 337
people were killed on Queensland roads last year - the highest in eight
Ms Simpson says
not enough is being done to stop the carnage.
"We can't be blase
about death tolls on the roads and I think that the number of people
dying in this region really requires us all to say, 'how are we
driving?'" she said.
"Are we taking our
own personal responsibility and also for our loved ones? But I think it
is time that we looked at the laws. How do we increase the police
resources to assure there is greater attention to the issue of poor
driving on our roads?"
ABC Regional Online]
2007: Young Drivers Could Face Tougher Tests
tests for young drivers are being considered by the government to cut
the number of road accidents.
Standards Agency (DSA), the body responsible for the driving test, has
been asked by the Department for Transport to review the testing and
training regime for drivers.
change could be an expansion of the existing 40-minute practical driving
test into two stages. The new-look test might cover a broader range of
skills, including driving at night and on different types of road....
Full story, from The Guardian
2007: Concern over Suffolk's Road Deaths
POLICE and road
safety bosses will tackle the rising death toll on Suffolk's roads with
renewed vigour this year following a sharp rise in the number of people
killed in crashes.
Final figures for
2006 show 47 people were killed on the county's roads in 40 separate
collisions - 30% higher than in the whole of 2005, which saw 36 killed
in 33 accidents.
The grim death
toll is the highest in Suffolk since 2003 and has dismayed road safety
Full story, from East Anglian Daily
2007: Fewer Deaths in Most States in 2006
The number of
deaths on the roads of Queensland, West Australia and Tasmania rose in
2006, while all other states and territories recorded falls to record or
near record lows.
But in NSW where
police put the provisional road toll at 510 for the last 12 months - six
fewer than for 2005 - Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) figures showed a
28 per cent rise in deaths involving P-plate drivers.
"The number of
persons killed in crashes involving a P-plate driver increased this
year, from 73 in 2005 to 94 in 2006," the RTA said....
Full story, from The