Fit to Drive?

FIT TO DRIVE? Alcohol is the biggest reported impairment to driving, but motorists may be taking to the roads impaired without knowing it. This is according to a report published today by a leading road safety experts on behalf of PACTS. Fit to Drive? examines the law as it stands, factors affecting fitness, and gaps that need to be addressed. The report was written by Professor Oliver Carsten (Leeds University), […]

Saving Lives by Lowering the Legal Drink-Drive Limit

PACTS and the RAC Foundation today (16 December) published a report from Professor Richard Allsop, Saving Lives by Lowering the Legal Drink-Drive Limit (available here). Professor Allsop, a former PACTS Director and now Special Adviser to PACTS, estimates that 25 deaths and 95 serious injury casualties would be avoided each year if the limit in England and Wales was reduce to that which now applies in Scotland. Professor Richard Allsop said: “When we set the limit […]

Making Road Safety Count

On the 25th November the HM Treasury will produce the Comprehensive Spending Review, which is likely to include further cuts to local authority budgets. Therefore, a coalition of road safety and road user groups, including PACTS, have produced Making Road Safety Count, a document designed to demonstrate the value of providing effective road safety services and to encourage Local Authorities to protect road safety spending, as much as possible, in the current economic […]

PACTS supports calls to reduce drink drive limit

A report to be launched today[1] (Tuesday 9th September) will highlight the growing proportion of all drink driving convictions received by women, up from nine per cent in 1998 to 17 per cent in 2012. It calls for the breathalyser limit to be reduced for all drivers and for road safety messages to make clear that drink driving is not a just a male problem. Responding to the report, David […]

ETSC publishes PIN Flash Report 27

The European Council for Transport Safety (ETSC) have today published their PIN Flash Report 27: Ranking EU progress on car occupant safety, now available here. The report found that 900 lives could be saved every year in the EU if car manufacturers were required to fit seat-belt reminder sensors to front and rear passenger seats to help prevent deaths from failure to wear belts. The European Commission is currently revising vehicle […]