Category Archives: Road Safety

UK: SAFETY TIPS FOR CYCLISTS IN LONDON

SCOTLAND: NEW ROAD SAFETY APP FOR CHILDREN

A new road safety app aimed at 8-11 year olds has been downloaded over 17,000 times since it was launched just over a week ago by Transport Minister Derek Mackay. The app called ‘KLANG: The Road Home’ has been developed by Road Safety Scotland, part of Transport Scotland, and the Scottish Government using gaming technology to get across important road safety messages

SCOTLAND: RoSPA GUIDE TO HELP LOCAL COUNCILLORS IN SCOTLAND PREVENT ROAD CASUALTIES

A step-by-step guide to help local councillors in Scotland prevent road tragedies has been published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

PARACHUTE – A CANADIAN CHARITABLE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PREVENTING INJURIES AND SAVING LIVES

Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/

Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:

UK: RoSPA LAUNCH NEW CHILD SAFETY SEAT WEBSITE

The UK charity RoSPA is launching its Child Car Seat website, offering advice on which seat to choose for your child and car and how to use them, the law and things drivers ought to know if they carry other people’s children in the car. This new website helps parents make the right choices.

ENGLAND: NEW PHE REPORT – REDUCING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN AND AROUND THE HOME AMONG CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS

Public Health England (PHE) has launched two new reports on preventing accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road.  RoSPA and CAPT were commissioned by PHE to undertake this work and these were launched to coincide with Child Safety Week, which as you know is taking place this week.

UK: CAN A PAPER HELMET PROTECT CYCLISTS HEADS?

Half a million cycle trips are made each day in London, and a recent spate of deaths has put cycle safety at the top of the agenda.

One thing that can be important for safe cycling is a well-fitted cycle helmet.

Most helmets are made from polystyrene, but Dr Ayan Panja has been finding out how humble sheets of paper – arranged in an ingenious way – can offer even more protection.

 

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

WORLD: WHO LAUNCHES NEW TOOL TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG ROAD SAFETY MASS MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

WHO has launched an online library of road safety mass media campaigns, a new resource for governments and civil society organizations. The library, which contains some of the world’s most impactful road safety video and audio campaigns, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts.

INFOGRAPHIC- WASTED LIVES: CHILD ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

The Safegaurding Children e-Academy has created an infographic giving information about child accidents and deaths. The resource is downloadable as a poster and gives statistics on the number of deaths, hospital admissions, and road accidents that occur in England and Wales. You can access this resource online at http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/wasted_lives_child_accidents_and_deaths

GO SAFE SCOTLAND – NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR CHILDREN

An interactive safety resource for primary school children in Scotland, called Go Safe Scotland, has been launched in Glasgow.  This resource will help to deliver key safety messages and support the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence.  Many partners have been involved throughout the creation of the resource and RoSPA in Scotland is pleased to be involved with this great initiative.

STRENGTHENING ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATION: A PRACTICE AND RESOURCE MANUAL FOR COUNTRIES

Country: World
Date: 2013
WHO launches manual aimed at strengthening road safety legislation in support of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

CHILD DEATH REVIEW PROGRAMME FOCUSES ON DEATHS IN MOTOR VEHICLES

Country: Wales
Date: 2013
A programme set up to look at trends in child deaths in Wales has published the findings of a review into deaths of teenagers in motor vehicles. Public Health Wales, which hosts the Child Death Review Programme, recommends in its report that the Welsh Government looks at different ways of licensing teenage drivers to prevent fatal road crashes.

SAFE STREET PLAY

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Playing Out is a not-for-profit information and advice resource for street play, which aims to increase children’s safe access to informal play in residential streets

NEW LOCAL ROAD SAFETY INDEX TOOL

Country: UK
Date: 2013

This new tool presents data specifically relating to roads that are within the 500 metre radius around British schools. The tool has been developed  to help local authorities, parents, teachers and drivers have a better understanding of the road risks in specific local areas. The data looks at all road related incidents that are reported to the police.

WHO AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

Jointly developed by WHO, the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, this road safety manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.

NEW ROAD SAFETY OBSERVATORY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

A Road Safety Observatory has been launched to offer access to independent road safety research and information for anyone working in road safety and for members of the public. It provides summaries and reviews of research on a wide range of road safety issues, along with links to original road safety research reports.

WHO AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013
This manual equips the reader with necessary information on: the magnitude of pedestrian death and injury; key risk factors; how to assess the pedestrian safety situation in a country or area and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions.

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Country Covered: Wales
Date: 2013
The Welsh Government has published new guidance for bus companies, governing bodies and local authorities about the use of seat belts on school transport which will be compulsory on school transport from October 2014.

BOOKLET ON MOTORWAY DRIVING IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

Ireland’s motorway network has expanded in recent years and there has been an increase in motorway traffic incidents. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has published a new information booklet to help drivers to safely use motorways.

SCORSA DRIVING RISKS @ WORK TOOLKIT

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) launched its ScORSA Driving Risks @ Work Toolkit on 11th May 2011 to coincide with the United Nations launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The ScORSA DR@W Toolkit is free to Small and Medium sized businesses in Scotland and has been promoted through a series of seminars in Fife, Glasgow, Hamilton and Aberdeen.  Statistics reveal that people who drive in the course of their work are involved in between a quarter to a third of all incidents on Scotland’s
roads.

CHILDREN’S TRAFFIC CLUB

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Children’s Traffic Club is a proven and effective child road safety programme, focusing on helping parents/ carers teach their children how to keep safe when out and about – but have fun at the same time!

ROAD SAFETY: ACTION KIT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2012

In April this year, YOURS – Youth for Road Safety, a global youth-led organisation that acts to make the world’s roads safe for young people – officially launched the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration meeting in Washington DC, USA.

ROAD SAFETY EVALUATION WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

free website to help road safety practitioners evaluate their education, training and publicity activities was launched today by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Department for Transport. At the heart of the Road Safety Evaluation website is E-valu-it – an interactive toolkit which helps practitioners evaluate their road safety work.

IN-VEHICLE DRIVER DISTRACTION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has published a new report on minimising in-vehicle distraction, which is part of ETSC’s PRAOSE project, “Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees”. Vehicles are increasingly becoming “moving offices”, an environment in which employees are likely to receive or make phone calls, check text messages or even check their e-mails, without appreciating the enormous road risk that this type of behaviour poses while driving to work.

CRASHMAP: ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

To coincide with the publication of Road Casualties GB 2010, a new website has just been launched to allow members of the public to search for and look up details of every road traffic crash reported to police since 2005. Using a fully searchable map, users can locate crashes in a particular area, see what date they occurred on and how serious an incident it was; a detailed collision report can then be downloaded.

SAFER DRIVING FOR WORK HANDBOOK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

In response to popular demand, RoSPA has produced a completely updated and brand new ‘Driving for Work Handbook’. This compact booklet is ideal as an induction and ongoing driver education tool containing all the information a driver needs to help keep them safe on the road.

ROSPA’S TOP TEN TIPS TO STAY WITHIN THE LIMIT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

RoSPA have produced a new poster to illustrate their Top 10 Tips to help drivers stay within the Speed Limit. The poster highlights some simple and practical things drivers w ho find it difficult to stay w ith speed limits can do to help themselves.

ROAD TO SUCCESS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

The Road to Success is a booklet for parents designed to help them safely guide their sons and daughters through the process of learning to drive. It has been produced in response to the very poor crash and casualty statistics for new ly-qualified drivers – they account for more than two in five road deaths in the UK.

BBC’S INTERACTIVE ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT TOOL

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2010

The BBC have developed a new interactive tool which provides information on road traffic accidents (RTA) in Great Britain between 1999 and 2008. As w ell as an interactive graphical tool which enables the user to display RTA figure’s by sex, age, vehicle, weather, weekday and road type, it also offers an interactive map displaying all fatal RTA’s from 1999-2008.

PEOPLE POWER BACKS ‘EMBRACE LIFE’ SEATBELT CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

A Facebook campaign is underway to put Embrace Life, the newest campaign from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP), on TV after it secures the top three search results on Google.com. Released on 20th January 2010, Embrace Life has swept around the internet, pulling hits from across 58 countries around the world. Facebook in particular is driving traffic to the SSRP’s seat belt campaign and a group has been created by one impressed viewer to have it screened on national TV.

SCORSA: SCOTTISH OCCUPATIONAL ROAD SAFETY ALLIANCE

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) website is a unique initiative to help smaller firms tackle one of the most dangerous activities undertaken by Scottish workers: driving. A third of all road accidents in the UK are estimated to involve someone who is driving for work at the time, which means that in Scotland in 2008, around 18 people were killed or seriously injured in such incidents every week.

ROAD SAFETY ANALYSIS WEBSITE

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

A new road safety website was launched in September 2009 at the same time as Road Casualties Great Britain. It is aimed at road safety practitioners and  provides integrated crash and sociodemographic analysis, facilitating decisions about intervention strategies to reduce casualties and increase efficiency.

SOCIAL MARKETING GUIDANCE: WORKING TOGETHER TO TACKLE HIGH RISK DRIVING

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

The Department of Health has launched new guidance to help Primary Care Trusts to develop social marketing activity to tackle higher risk drinking behaviour. This guidance is one of a number of tools that are being developed to support PCTs in delivering local and regional programmes to reduce alcohol harm.

MIND THE ROAD! ONLINE ROAD SAFETY RESOURCES FOR CHILD MINDERS

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2009

CAPT has launched a new online resource aimed at childminders. Mind the Road! has been produced with the support of the Department for Transport, and brings together a broad range of free downloadable resources to support childminders working with children and families

TRL CHILD SAFETY SEAT RATING

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2009

TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, have launched a new independent safety rating system for child seats in vehicles, to better inform consumer choice when purchasing a child seat.

SPEED MANAGEMENT: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2008

This speed management manual proposes simple, effective and low-cost solutions to excessive and inappropriate speed that can be implemented on a national or local level. It targets governments, non-governmental organizations and road safety practitioners, particularly those in low- and middle-income countries. The manual is based on a modular structure that provides evidence, examples, case studies and practical steps on how to manage vehicle speed.

PREVENTION OF ROAD TRAFFIC INJURIES AMONG THE ELDERLY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Prevention of Road Traffic Injuries Among the Elderly – produced by EUNESE

GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATING ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION INTERVENTIONS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This is a 6 year guideline aimed to assist road safety officers and other practitioners to conduct their own evaluations and to better informed when commissioning an evaluation.  Education measures from part of this strategy to improve the road safety of road users. The guidelines are based upon a critical review of recent developments in evaluation techniques and those already in use over the whole field of education, health and safety research undertaken by an expert in the field of evaluation.

FULL GUIDANCE ON LOCAL TRANSPORT PLANS: SECOND EDITION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This document is aimed principally at transport planning professionals and sets out the Government’s guidance to local authorities on the approaches and methods they should adopt when drawing up their next Local Transport Plans (LTPs).  This guidance’s aim is to facilitate the delivery of better local transport as quickly as possible, by: enhancing the quality of local transport planning; increasing the effectiveness of the LTP system as a performance management system; and focusing efforts on a small number of key priorities.