Less accidents, yet increased unsafety on the road - Research on the effects of COVID-19 measures on road safety in the Netherlands

Because of the COVID-19-measures there was a lot less traffic on the road. VIA investigated, Commissioned by the Dutch National Police, the influence of these measures on road safety. Are the measures changing the behaviour of traffic and does this lead to a decrease or increase of risk?

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REPORT FROM POLAND: Against illegal racing on city streets


PL Against illegal racing on city streetsRecently, it has become particularly loud again about amateurs of dangerous driving on public roads, although this is not a new phenomenon.

Unfortunately, few days ago young pedestrian was killed by the vehicle, which took part in the illegal racing on the streets of Lodz. Police take decisive action by issuing fines, stopping with driving licenses and registration documents of traffic pirates!

Police officers are constantly monitoring forums and social networking sites, where information about planned meetings and races appears. In connection with the automotive event planned last weekend, you could also expect visits by moto fans of illegal racing and drifting. The police also could not miss such event, although our purpose of visit was completely different from the participants.

The actions of the SPEED team that night focused on preventing illegal races in Lodz and the surrounding area and resolutely responding to attempts to violate the law.
Policemen appeared in places where participants of illegal races usually meet. In addition, the actions were based on carrying out inspection of cars after tuning.

Policemen always pay attention to noise levels, exhaust emissions, mandatory equipment and any technical changes to vehicles that are not in compliance with regulations. Effect?
Only during one Friday, officers revealed 96 offenses, seized 5 registration documents and 16 driving licenses.


Drawing Competition About Road Safety: road safety issues with the eyes of children


Drawing Competition About Road Safety 1What do you think about road safety? How can you travel through the city or village safely? Can you draw it?

The Hungarian Accident Prevention Committee inviting applications among the nursery and primary school children to draw and express what does road safety mean to them.

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With the association of regional police headquarters, the Hungarian National Prevention Committee awarded the best pictures and artists.

Here are some very spectacular pictures for you. As you can see the young “artists” took the mission seriously and as you can see in the pictures, they know exactly what does road safety and security mean.

I wish not just children but all of grown up would know it.

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Soon summer holidays, that's why the police from the Traffic Department of the Warsaw Metropolitan Police Headquarters have already started preparations for this hot period. The nearest long weekend will be kind of test, during which officers will go out on the road to control traffic and fight with road pirates. New police vehicles that were sent to the Warsaw headquarters a few days ago are to help them in this confrontation.

Constantly the main cause of road accidents is excessive speed. Numerous appeals do not help. Road pirates are still ignoring restrictions, and hence the number of deaths is still increasing. Only from the beginning of this year, 44 people died in 425 road accidents on the roads of the capital garrison. Although this is a decrease of 28 people compared to the same period of 2019, we must not forget about 44 family tragedies.

PRE HOLIDAY EXAM 2Summer holidays is very important season in that area. During summer season lot’s of drivers drive without imagination. They use good weather conditions and develop high speeds on the roads. Such behaviours very often have tragic consequenses. During last summer holidays season (in 2019) on the roads of Warsaw Metropolitan Headquartres garrison occured 307 accidents, in which 29 people lost their lives. In 2018 in the same period occured 321 accidents and 26 people were killed.






Foto 1Pedestrians and bikers – vulnerable road users, this is the group that is in the biggest danger on the road in case of traffic accident. In the spring and summer period, the youngest road users constitute a large part of them. For them, the bicycle becomes their favourite means of transport, giving them freedom and independence. In the interests of their safety, police from Szczytno together with local firefighters, supported by one of the local entrepreneurs, shot a spot warning drivers of the consequences of reckless driving. "Slow down! Guide your life and the lives of others ..."

Excessive speed is the most common cause of tragic road accidents. That is why every vehicle driver should be aware of the driving license is a privilege and a big responsibility. All driver must remember that they are responsible not only for their own lives, but about lives of all road users.

Pedestrians, bike riders and motorcyclists in a collision with over speeding vehicle, have slight chances to survive. Vulnerable road users are not protected by the auto body, seatbelts or airbags. They have only their own bodies.