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RoSPA conference focuses on motorcycle deaths
The rising toll of motorcycle deaths dominated the three-day RoSPA road safety conference last week, which was attended by more than 250 road safety professionals.
The worrying standstill in the number of car driver and passenger fatalities was also high on the agenda at the conference, which was themed Driving Deaths Down.
"Despite superb progress in road safety generally in recent years, the number of deaths has stopped falling and we don't want to see last year's rise becoming a trend," said Kevin Clinton , RoSPA's head of road safety. "We need to redouble our efforts to improve driver behaviour and motorcycle safety."
The Government launched the first National Motorcycling Strategy a few days before the conference and David Jamieson, transport minister, was one of the key speakers at the event.
Other subjects included refresher training for drivers, and how high-profile policing, improved car design and innovative traffic engineering measures can be used to reduce the number of car crashes.
Britax, the UK's leading child car seat manufacturer, demonstrated Isofix, a method of fixing a child car seat directly to the car without using a seatbelt.
"There are real concerns about children being unrestrained in cars and about poorly fitted child car seats," Kevin Clinton said. "The law will soon require all children to be properly restrained in cars and Isofix is the way forward."
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