The economic downturn has dramatically cut the number of deaths on Britain’s roads, new research suggests.
Since Britain went into recession the number of people killed on the roads has fallen by more than a third, from 2,946 in 2007 to 1,901 in 2011.
The dramatic drop coincided with a general fall in traffic as cash-strapped motorists cut down on journeys, a reduction in drink-drive casualties as people sacrifice nights out and a drop in young males taking their driving tests.
AUSTRALIA will undertake its first “naturalistic” driving study when 400 cars are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to capture driver behaviour.
KAJANG: Seven of the country’s most popular cars will be undergoing crash tests from Thursday – Jan 10 to ascertain its safety.
The seven are sedan cars from Nissan, Hyundai, Proton, Honda, Toyota, Ford and Perodua.
Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) vehicle safety and biomechanics research centre director Dr Norlen Mohamed said the tests were part of the government’s initiative to lower accidents and road-related deaths.
“We want vehicle safety to be one of the criteria to be consider by consumers before buying a car,” he said at a media briefing.
Statement of the Chair of the UN Road Safety Collaboration
Dr Etienne Krug
Esteemed colleagues and friends,
SINGAPORE – The Traffic Police (TP) and Education Ministry are reviewing and developing age-appropriate road safety education schemes.
In January and October this year, fatal road accidents involving children occurred along Sembawang Drive outside a primary school.
TP recently conducted daily observations of the road over a 10-day period to determine if the area needed further safety measures to be implemented.
CHILDREN at the Stepping Stones day nursery, in Arboretum Street, Nottingham, have been learning about of the importance of road safety.
Road safety officer Alison Adlington visited the nursery on Friday November 9, ahead of Road Safety Week, which runs from November 19 to 25.
FATEHABAD: Three persons were killed and one person was injured when their vehicle collided head on with a speeding truck in Jandli Khurd village of the district on Sunday morning.
The deceased were identified as Satyanaryan, 50, Babblu, 25, and Hari Singh, 60, all residents of Jandali Khurd village. Satyanaryan and Babblu died on the spot, while Hari Singh died on way to hospital. Police have sent the bodies for postmortem in the local general hospital.
Nashik, Maharashtra: Six persons, including a woman and a minor, were killed in two separate accidents in Chandvad taluka near Nashik, police said on Tuesday.
Four persons were killed when their car collided with a truck near Dugaon on Chandvad-Manmad road on Monday evening.
The mishap occurred when the truck was proceeding from Chandvad to Manmad while the car was coming from the opposite direction.
HASSAN: Two constables with Bangalore’s Mahadevpura police station and a four-year-old boy were killed when the car they were travelling in plunged into a drain near Katagalli Gate late on Saturday night. Four persons were injured in the accident.
The deceased are law and order constables Ashok (29) and Mahadevaswamy (35) and the latter’s son Charan (4). The incident occurred at 12.40am on the border of Hassan and Mandya districts when the car driver lost control and veered off the road.
VARANASI: In two accidents, three persons died while one suffered injuries on Monday.
Manoj Bind (25) and Raju Gond (22), residents of Bilaridih, under Alinagar police area in Chandauli district were sitting on Tengramod bridge in the morning. A trailer laden with iron grills passed through the bridge. When it came close to Manoj and Raju, the driver lost control and the two came under its wheels. They died on the spot.
RANCHI: Four persons were injured when an autorickshaw they were traveling in collided head-on with a car at Pandra locality here on Sunday. Shreya Kumari, 21, who was travelling in the autorickshaw along with three others, suffered a leg fracture and taken to RIMS for treatment.
Both the vehicles involed in the accident have been seized by police. Riyaz Khan, the investigating officer of the case said, “Both the auto and the car have been seized. The car driver, who hit the auto while recklessly driving the vehicle, fled from the site of the accident.”
Adilabad: Five persons including, a six-year-old boy, were killed and 15 others severely injured in a road accident near Shanigapur village of Dilawarpur mandal on NH-22 (Nirmal-Bhainsa main road) on Sunday afternoon.
According to police, the accident occurred when a cement-laden lorry hit an auto coming in the opposite direction on the outskirts of Shanigapur village at around 2.20 pm. Ghaikwad Satwaji, 50, Sirpalli Sayanna, 25, Gangaram, 55, Prakash, 30, and Ajay, 6, died on the spot. Three have been shifted to Gandhi Hospital, Hyderabad, after their condition turned serious.
Three persons, including a minor girl, were killed and four others injured in a road accident near Batroli village here today.
Rizwana (36), Ruby (30) and 12-year-old Sonam were returning after attending a ceremony in Farrukhabad alongwith their family when their SUV was hit by a speeding truck.
Vadodara/Anand: Three persons including two NRIs from South Africa died in a road accident near Vathwadi village on Ahmedabad-Vadodara express highway early on Sunday morning.
The victims died when their car rammed into a truck at near Vathwadi village, around seven kilometres from Mehmadabad in Kheda district. Police sources suggest that the deceased had boarded a car from Ahmedabad airport in wee hours of Sunday morning to reach Godhra after which they were supposed to attend a marriage at Vadodara.
Nine people, including five cops, were injured today when a vehicle part of DIG’s cavalcade collided head on with another vehicle on Rajouri-Poonch highway, police said here.
A gypsy in the cavalcade of Deputy Inspector General, Rajouri-Poonch, had a head on collision with a Bolero vehicle coming from the opposite direction on the highway at Dhundhak area of Rajouri district, a police officer said.
MOHALI: Four persons, including a woman, were killed in different road accidents during the past 24 hours in mohali. Amit kaur, 35, died when the motorcycle she was riding on was hit by a speeding Innova.
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ALAPPUZHA: Twenty eight students of San Jose Sadan had a miraculous escape when their school bus skidded off the approach road of Kuthiyathodu Bridge on NH47 on Friday morning. Kuthiyathodu CI P Sivankutty said seven students, bus driver Suresh (40) and caretaker Elsie Alphonse (54) were injured in the accident.
“There were 30 people in the bus when it skidded off the approach road around 8.45 am. The injured students are Vijeesh (19), Prasanth (22), Prasad (36), Divya Unni (20), Shifana (12), Aiswarya (18) and Deepthi Augustine (24). They were taken to Cherthala Taluk Headquarters Hospital and KVM Hospital. Their condition is stable,” said Sivankutty.
NEW DELHI: An arterial road in east Delhi, the GT Road (which is a continuation of National Highway-1) has recorded double the number of pedestrian deaths this year up till August-end as compared to the same period last year. This year, already 21 pedestrians have lost their lives in this stretch, while last year this figure stood at 10. A total of 24 pedestrians had died on this road last year, and TOI had highlighted the vulnerability of pedestrians on this road in January this year. Unfortunately, matters seem to have grown only worse over the course of the past eight months.
Delhiites, notorious for mixing drinking with driving, are high on the deadly cocktail again as Diwali fervour grips the city.
And forget about caring for their own safety or those of others on the road. When caught drunk behind the wheel motorists care little that they have committed an offence that can land them in jail. Instead, they boast of their ‘powerful contacts’ and offer bribes to policemen to get away.
A Mail Today team spent several hours at a police picket near India Gate during late-night checking of drunk drivers.
ALLAHABAD: With winter approaching, traffic police department has planned to crack down against drunken drivers. Equipped with breath-analysers, traffic cops are busy finalising spots for conducting the drive, including near marriage parties and highways.
Asserting that drunken driving is a major cause behind road accidents that claim several lives every year, traffic police officials have chalked out a fresh strategy to take on those driving under influence of alchohol. As part of the ongoing traffic fortnight, cops have come up with the slogan ‘Don’t mix driving and drinking’ and urged drivers, especially youngsters, to shed this dangerous habit. In the wake of the marriage season, trafic cops believe they have a challenge ahead of checking those who drive back home after heavy drinking putting their own and the lives of others in the car too.