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Deaths on Britain’s roads at all time low

uksalogoThe Department for Transport has published statistics on road casualties in accidents reported to the police in Great Britain in 2008, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority

  • The number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police, fell by 14 per cent from 2,946 in 2007 to 2,538 in 2008. 28,567 people were killed or seriously injured in 2008, 7 per cent fewer than in 2007. There were just under 231,000 road casualties in Great Britain in 2008, 7 per cent less than in 2007.
  • The number of deaths among car users in 2008 was 1,257, 12 per cent less than in the previous year.  The reported number of seriously injured fell by 7 per cent to 10,707.  Total reported casualties among car users were 149,169, 8 per cent lower than 2007. Traffic estimates indicate a 1 per cent fall in car and taxi traffic over the period.
  • Child casualties fell by 8 per cent. The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2008 was 2,807 (down 9 per cent on 2007). Of those, 1,784 were pedestrians, 6 per cent down on 2007. 124 children died on the roads, 2 per cent higher than in the previous year, when the lowest ever child fatality figure of 121 was recorded.
  • There were 572 pedestrian deaths, 11 per cent less than in 2007. Reported killed or serious injured casualties fell by 4 per cent to 6,642. The all pedestrian casualty figure fell to 28,481 in 2008, 6 per cent lower than 2007.
  • The number of pedal cyclists killed fell by 15 per cent from 136 in 2007 to 115 in 2008. The number of seriously injured rose by 1 per cent to 2,450. The total casualties among pedal cyclists rose by 1 per cent to 16,297.
  • There were 493 motorcycle user fatalities in accidents reported to the police in 2008, 16 per cent lower than during 2007. The reported number of killed or seriously injured fell compared to 2007 (down 10 percent from 6,737 in 2007 to 6,048 in 2008).  The all motorcycle user casualties figure for 2008 of 21,549 is 8 per cent lower than in 2007.
  • There were 170,500 road accidents involving personal injury reported to the police in 2008, 6 per cent fewer than in 2007.  Of these, 25,457 accidents involved death or serious injury, 6 percent fewer than in 2007 (27,036).

Latics unveils new brand image!

This week, Latics Driver Training unveiled it's new brand image, with all the fleet's vehicles soon being branded with the latest livery.  The innovative design, spearheaded by Managing Director Claire Wilmot, was unveiled on Thursday at the Latics Driver Training office in Oldham. Look out for...

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Many motorists ‘driving illegally’

Source:  Tracy Ollerenshaw, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

driver_being_pursued_by_police1More than half of all new drivers banned in the first two years of passing their test don’t bother retaking it.  The law says after a ban you must re-sit a test before driving again, but many people don’t realise.

Road safety groups reckon many young people are getting behind the wheel illegally.

They’re asking courts not to send driving licenses back to banned drivers before they’ve passed a re-test.

Ollie from Essex was aged 17 and had only been driving a few weeks when he got pulled over.

“I got caught speeding,” he says, “doing a hundred miles an hour, so it was an instant ban.”

He’s one of thousands of young drivers who get disqualified every month for picking up six points or more in their first two years after passing their test.

Tributes to road death boy

chris_daleSource: Manchester Evening News

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular teenage schoolboy killed in a car crash.

Christopher Dale, 15, was hit by a car as he walked across a main road in Oldham. Police confirmed that he suffered serious, multiple injuries and was pronounced dead later at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

In a statement Christopher’s family said: “We are devastated at the loss of Chris.

“He was a wonderful son and brother who will be very much missed by all who knew him.”

‘Driving Instructor’ to become ‘Driving Coach’?

The industry is changing, and it’s about time!  Out with the old-fashioned and largely ineffective teaching methods, and in with the successful new coaching style.  Some may argue that their current instructional style is proving very effective, but they largely base this claim on their pass rates.

But pass rates mean nothing when young drivers pass their tests and go on to have crashes.  The facts:

  • An 18-year-old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year-old.
  • One in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test.

So at long last, it appears that the DSA are supporting the approaches that many driver trainers like myself have been pushing for for years – progressing from short-term instructional methods which tend to help learners pass the driving test, towards more active-learning methods which prepare learners for solo driving and to foster ongoing learning after passing their driving test.

Latics bans hands-free mobile phones

[caption id="attachment_360" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Latics bans hands-free"][/caption] In light of the latest research into the use of hands-free mobile phone equipment whilst driving, Latics' directors Claire Wilmot & Glyn Crossley have banned their use by Latics instructors in all training vehicles. Research has consistently found that driving...

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Traffic lights – who needs ’em?!

traffic_lights2What would happen if all traffic lights were suddenly switched off?  Would there be chaos and traffic gridlock or would the queues of frustrated drivers miraculously disappear?

Well, in a brave attempt to find out if removing traffic lights will ease congestion, Ealing Council are putting the theory to the test!  For 6 months, traffic light signals at up to seven junctions in Ealing will be concealed by orange bags and drivers will be left to negotiate their way across by establishing eye contact with pedestrians and other motorists.

Council officials believe that instead of improving the flow of traffic, traffic lights lead to unnecessary delays and may even increase danger, with drivers racing towards green lights to make it through the junction before they turn back to red.

Texting whilst driving (or ‘txtn yl drvn’)

Today, the goverment launches it’s latest campaign against drivers texting whilst on the move.  The Think! campaign is especially targetted at young drivers, 30% of whom admit to texting at the wheel.

The Department for Transport noted that using a mobile phone at the wheel is considered the second most unacceptable driving behaviour among motorists with 93% agreeing that texting while driving is dangerous. However, 12% of all motorists admit to texting while driving.

Whilst online this morning, I came across this unbelivable video from CNN, showing a bus driver, driving disabled passengers in Texas, crashing into stationary traffic whilst texting:

The new radio campaign features a driver’s voice spelling out a text message followed by the harrowing sound of a car crash.  Click here to listen to it.

An online ‘driving challenge’ game is also available, which demonstrates how using a mobile at the wheel can completely distract the driver.  Try it out for yourself!

Local artist creates an invisible car!

 Art student Sara Watson is studying drawing and image making  Photo: PA

Art student Sara Watson with her invisible car. Photo: PA

Sara Watson, an art student from Ashton under Lyne, has found the ultimate way of avoiding traffic wardens – by making her car invisible.

The 22-year-old student at the University of Central Lancashire spray painted a battered Skoda Fabia to match the car park and entrance to her art studio.

Her work, created as part of her drawing and image making course at the university, creates the illusion that the car is see through. She was given the car from a breakers yard and worked for three weeks to ensure that it blended perfectly with its surroundings.

Drivers of black cars ‘more likely to speed’

According to a recent study of 1.7 million drivers by insurance company elephant.co.uk, drivers of black-coloured cars are the most likely to break speed limits.

The survey found that 25.4% of black-vehicle owners have speeding convictions, and they are also 9% more likely than the average driver to have speeding endorsements on their driving licences.

The next “speediest” colour was grey, with 25.1% of grey car owners having speeding convictions, followed by silver, blue and brown.

Owners of purple-coloured cars were least likely to have been caught exceeding speed limit, while owners of white, yellow and red cars have comparatively few convictions as well.