September 2011 PACTS Newsletter

EVENTS
Booking for each of the following events is open on the PACTS website.
‘Older, Wiser and Safer: ensuring safe mobility for an ageing population’
October 13th 2011
Venue: the Royal Society of Medicine, One Wimpole Street, London WC1.
‘More Haste, Less Speed: changing behaviour for safety and sustainability’
22nd Westminster Lecture to be given by Dr Jillian Anable, University of Aberdeen
November 30th 2011
Venue: Church House Conference Centre, London SW1
NEWS
Speed camera information published
The Department for Transport has published a list of links to information on specific speed camera sites.
PACTS comments: Commenting on the data published today about speed cameras, Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said “The publication of this information is clearly welcome. It is useful to have links to all the road safety partnerships in one place to access. What is far less clear cut is whether we can draw any real conclusions from the information provided in the way that it has been produced.
“As far as can be seen, each partnership has published the information in a different format. It is therefore almost impossible to draw any real conclusions about the effectiveness or otherwise of cameras in any specific locations. It is also unclear as to what individual citizens can understand from the tables provided.
“I would urge the Department to look to a common format for any further publication to ensure that this is more than just a token exercise.”
STATISTICS
Rail Safety Performance – July 2011
The Rail Safety and Standards Board has published the following statistics:
All current safety performance reports can be found on the RSSB website.
Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2010 provisional estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels
PACTS comments: Click here for comments and graph showing drink drive casualties as a percentage of all casualties, illustrating that deaths related to illegal drink driving represent a falling proportion of all road deaths.
Reported road casualties Great Britain: provisional estimates Q1 2011
PACTS comments: After 16 quarters of reduction, it is of concern to see the number of pedestrian, motorcyclist and cyclist KSI increase. Though too early to draw any conclusions, it is a timely reminder that we must not take casualty reduction for granted year on year. Even in the midst of budget cuts and local authority reorganisation, the government and the road safety sector need to work to keep road safety a priority.
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH– UN Decade of Action for Road Safety
As well as encouraging and supporting the sharing of Britain’s expertise and knowledge, PACTS is committed to using the Decade of Action as an opportunity to build on existing European and international contacts and learn from experience from outside the UK. Therefore each month a publication from a different country will be featured on the Decade of Action page on the PACTS website.
The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention has published ‘Status 2011‘, which lays out road safety statistics for Switzerland.
PARLIAMENT
The Parliament has been in recess throughout August.
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