SAFETY NEWS - WEEK COMMENCING 12 JANUARY 2004
should act on drink-drive, RoSPA says
The UKs drink-drive problems will continue to grow unless
the Government agrees to cut the current alcohol limit, RoSPA
said last week as figures for the festive period showed another
increase in the proportion of drivers testing positive after crashes.
your wife to drive, GEM advises older men
Britain has an increasing population of older drivers and although
they can claim experience on their side, because of declining physical
and mental function they could be less safe than younger drivers,
says The Guild of Experienced Motorists (GEM).
Impaired vision, weakening hearing, less physical strength and agility,
the effect of medication and slower reaction times mean mature drivers
can misinterpret information and then be unable to respond fast
enough to solve a problem, GEM adds.
Brian Lunn, chief examiner of the Institute of Advanced
Motorists, suggests remedies. He says that from middle age drivers
should take a regular, critical, honest look at their driving performance,
and have regular eye and medical tests.
"If both husband and wife drive they should each keep in practise,"
says GEM chief executive, David Williams. "The
biggest increase in licence holders in the last 30 years has been
among women, but many older couples overlook the importance of sharing
"Not only does this help overcome concentration and fatigue
problems that particularly impact on the older person, but if a
situation arises where the husband can no longer drive it can be
very hard for his wife to start driving again."
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The road safety charity Brake and Green Flag Motoring Assistance
have published survey results showing drivers believe there is only
a small chance of getting caught for drink driving.
The survey found that over half thought there was only a one in
four or less chance of getting caught while a third of drivers thought
there was only a one in ten chance.
Brake wants a lowering of the current drink-drive legal limit, increased
traffic police and police to be given the power to randomly stop
drivers and carry out roadside breath tests. Brake says these changes
are essential to stop people believing they can drink and drive
and not get caught.
"Clearly the Governments message on drink-driving is
failing to get through," said Mary Williams,
Brakes chief executive. "Shockingly, deaths involving
drink-driving have risen by a third over the last decade. More needs
to be done to tackle this escalating problem.
"The current drink-drive limit is sending out the wrong message.
The depressing reality is that under existing laws drivers think
it is okay to have one drink and drive -when it isnt. We want
the Government to reduce the drink-drive limit and give police the
power to carry out random breath tests. We need to implement more
rigorous laws combined with greater police enforcement in order
to tackle drink-driving head on. Only then will the Government begin
to see a reduction in this often deadly and anti-social problem."
For further information contact Brake's campaign officer Simon
Collister on 01484 559909 or 07971 612857.
Glyn Robinson, publicity manager with the DfT Think!
team comments on the
above article as follows:-
"I would like to point out a factual inaccuracy in the above
article. Brake states that drink drive deaths have risen by a third
in the last decade. The latest figure we have for drink drive deaths
is the 2002 provisional figure of 560. In 1992 drink drive fatalities
were 660, which means that drink drive deaths have declined, not
bless the gritters
A Bishop was called in to bless a council's gritters last week -
in a bid to help cut road deaths in icy weather.
The Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Rev Dr John Saxbee,
led prayers at the city's gritting depot for the drivers, 39 lorries
and tonnes of salt. Road safety blessing services were also held
at eight other depots across the county.
The bishop prayed: "Dear God of love, be with those who travel
on our roads by night and day. We especially pray for your blessing
on men and machines as they grit the roads in anticipation of dangerous
driving conditions. May they be protected in their endeavours, succeed
in making safe the highways for all who use them, and spread throughout
our county the good news of your love and protection."
The blessing was the idea of chief inspector Paul Elliott,
a member of the Lincolnshire Christian Police Association. He said:
"The main aim is to spread a blessing on the roads to try to
reverse the trend of fatalities and injury. The idea is that gritters
go out for four hours at a time spreading prayer - instead of me
and other Christians walking that route praying."
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