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In a short period of time, distraction in road traffic has become one of the most common causes of accidents in recent years. This is why ROADPOL resumed the operation “Focus on the Road" this year.


In the spring of 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic all pan-European controls initiated by ROADPOL were suspended. Traffic checks did not have priority and polices forces were required in different areas.


At the start of the ROADPOL Safety Days and the European Mobility Week, there was some capacity to resume traffic controls. Members started with the controlling of distraction, but unfortunately not all members succeeded in conducting controls".


From 14 to 20 September, 13 countries participated in this operation and checked road users for the prohibited use of mobile phones, other technical devices as well as other forms of distractions.


Although the regulations are different in European countries, in most of them the use of mobile phones without hand-free equipment while driving is forbidden.


The police of the participating countries checked over 41200 road users at more ten 36000 control spots for which there were 71618 different types of violations were found.


14563 drivers used their mobile phones to call or text while driving without a hand-free equipment.


275 drivers used their devices as a navigation system (without hands-free equipment).


14536 drivers were caught by watching TV or DVDs, reading a newspaper or eating while driving (forbidden in Switzerland and Poland as a driver during the transport of people).


These numbers clearly show how important road safety and distraction controls are, as there are still too many drivers distracted by technical equipment instead of paying attention to the road.


The overestimation of one's own driving ability and the wrong assessment of traffic situations are often the reason for serious traffic accidents.


During “Focus on the road” police checked whether drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts too. 25616 persons didn’t use their seatbelt, which is obviously still a huge safety problem.


As part of “road policing”, the police also looked whether crimes were committed. This resulted in 198 cases of drug findings and 11 cases of firearms being found in a controlled car.


Soon we will announce the results of last week’s operation 

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The next ROADPOL operation will be “Alcohol and Drugs” which will from 7 to 13 December 2020.
See www.roadpol.eu

 Mocktails for everybody

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to prevent people from driving under influence and to reward respectful drivers.

The Belgian Federal Road Police organised a check recently against alcohol and drugs behind the wheel.
A caravan was used in which a mixologist prepared tasty mocktails for the drivers who were negative on alcohol or drugs.
It was aimed at rewarding drivers respecting the rules. During this control in Namur (Belgium), 275 alcohol tests were taken and 2 drug tests.
Two were positive for alcohol and two were positive for drugs. For them there was no mocktail, but a serious fine and driving ban. 
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Results of the first ROADPOL Safety Days

 

During the first edition of ROADPOL’s new road safety campaign, 16 countries achieved the goal of zero fatalities on the main campaign day. In Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Portugal, no fatal road crashes were recorded on 17 September.

Sadly, this was not the case everywhere – overall, 34 people lost their lives in a road crash on 17 September, which is however well below than the European average of 70 fatalities per day (see results by country below).

 

Despite the ongoing pandemic, participation in the campaign was high: during the ROADPOL Safety Days, 336 events took place in 18 countries. Activities varied from additional roadside checks to awareness-raising initiatives, such as vehicle turnover simulations, exhibitions and debates.



Some 667 people signed ROADPOL’s road safety pledge to show their support. New partners in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia joined the project, as well as the Dubai Police! All signed up to the slogan ‘Stay alive and save lives’, which could be seen in many places and in many languages in Europe and beyond.

 

From now on, the ROADPOL Safety Days will take place every year from 16 to 22 September, alongside European Mobility Week.

 

Results by country: Road fatalities on 17 September 2020

 

Country Road Fatalities
Austria no result reported
Belgium  2
Bulgaria 4
Croatia  0
Cyprus  0
Czech Republic  1
Denmark  0
Estonia  0
Finland  0
France  2
Germany  3
Hungary  0
Ireland   0
Italy  3
Latvia  0
Lithuania  0
Luxembourg  0
Malta no result reported
Netherlands  0
Norway  0
Poland 7
Romania  5
Serbia  0
Slovenia 1
Spain  6 
Sweden no result reported
Switzerland  0
Turkey no result reported
United Kingdom no result reported
Kosovo 0
Portugal 0
Total 34

The witness helped to eliminate the drunk driver from the traffic

 

Thanks to the witness's reaction, the policemen prevented the drunk Ford driver from driving. A 59-year-old man was driving a vehicle with nearly 1 %o of alcohol in his blood. The 59-year-old has already had two records of drunk driving in the past. Now the court will decide about his future.2020 10 14 drunkdriver

Traffic police officers, during their daily duty in the area of Grebow commune (poviat Tarnow), received information about a driver who may be under the influence of alcohol. The policemen were told the whole situation by a witness who drew attention to the strange way of driving a Ford on provincial road No. 871 Tarnobrzeg - Stalowa Wola. When Ford driver pulled off the road into the grocery store parking and went shopping, the witness followed him and notified the police. The officers identified the Ford driver and checked his sobriety. He had 0,82%o of alcohol. The Ford driver told the policemen that he had been drinking beer and wine while at the fishing ponds. He also admitted that he intended to drive home via dirt roads, but he ran out of cigarettes. Uniforms determined that the 59-year-old had a history of drunk driving in the past. Now, the decision about his future is in the court hands.
 
We remind you!
 
Driving a vehicle after drinking alcohol is punishable by restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to 2 years, and a ban on driving for a period of not less than 3 years and a large fine. 
 

 

 

ROADPOL SAFETY DAYS - (Belgium) 

 

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On 20 September, the Belgian Highway police of Hainaut organized speed control as part of the ROADPOL Safety Days.

Representatives of the European Commission joined a the roadside checks near Mons, Belgium as well:

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Ms Elzbieta Lukaniuk, Member of Commissioner Valean’s Cabinet

Ms Fotini Ioannidou, Head of Unit for Road Safety, DG MOVE

Ms Rabea von Cyssewski, Communication officer, DG MOVE

Ms Wiebke Pankauke, Deputy Head of Unit for Road Safety, DG MOVE 

 

The mobile flash unit was set up at a work area, where the speed limit was 70 km/h instead of 120 km/hr. Highest speed during the action was 149 km/h. In addition, the driving licence of eleven drivers was also revoked due to excessive speed.

 
Also, see the tweet that went out this morning from EU Transport : https://twitter.com/Transport_EU/status/1307954734909853697)
 
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