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    08/03/16

    Lowering the drink drive limit

    The debate on the maximum permitted blood alcohol limit for drivers has been reignited following the Scottish Government's decision to lower the limit north of the border and by the recent flat lining in drink related deaths.

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    08/03/16

    Improving the safety of younger drivers - the views of IAM RoadSmart

    Younger people have no incentive to treat driving as a skill for life and often seek to learn as quickly and as cheaply as possible. New drivers are most at risk in their first year of driving and yet the current system abandons them to learn by their own, sometimes fatal mistakes.

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    15/02/16

    20 mph limits

    20mph zones, areas and limits have been gaining in popularity in recent years but their overall impact on road safety is at best unclear. Schemes to reduce speed through communities are often popular with local residents but their biggest benefits are often in health and environmental improvements rather than injury reduction. Speed limits must match the road environment or drivers can become confused so getting the speed limit right promotes self-compliance and removes the need for expensive enforcement.

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    15/02/16

    Safety (speed) cameras

    Since their introduction in the UK in 1992, safety cameras (formerly known as speed cameras) have become one of the most controversial aspects of road safety strategy, at times dividing opinion among motorists, road safety professionals and activists and even within central and local government.

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    15/02/16

    Electric vehicles- too quiet for our own good?

    Electric and hybrid vehicles are being encouraged by all European governments as part of greenhouse gas reduction policies. The electric vehicle charging network is growing and there are now over 9000 public charging stations nationwide.

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    15/02/16

    Designing roads to save motorcyclists' lives

    Road designers frequently ignore the needs of motorcyclists when they design and upgrade our roads. The location of manhole covers, junction design, fuel spills, use of bus lanes and basic road maintenance programmes all have a direct effect on the safety of motorcycle users.

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    15/02/16

    Motorway services – road safety or rip-off?

    Encouraging drivers to take regular breaks from driving is the Government’s main objective for motorway service areas (MSAs). But if drivers don’t believe motorway services are attractive places to take a break, many won’t stop and they will exercise their consumer choice and continue driving, or leave the motorway to seek out alternative facilities.

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    15/02/16

    Smart motorways

    England’s motorways are among the most congested in Europe and the government has plans to convert over 10% of the motorway network to smart (previously known as managed) motorways. This offers a cheaper way to increase capacity than motorway widening but will change the way we drive on our safest roads.

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    15/02/16

    Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA)

    ISA uses global satellite positioning (GPS) and a digital map to establish a car’s location and what the speed limit is at that point on the road.

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    15/02/16

    Older drivers – staying mobile, staying safe

    The number of drivers over the age of 70 will double over the next 20 years and there are now over one million licence holders over the age of 80. Many will be able to continue to drive safely well into old age, others will not.

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    15/02/16

    Drugs and driving

    Many drug users simply do not believe that their driving is affected by the drugs they are taking, and in some cases they believe it enhances driving skill. Many habitual drug users continue to use a car as part of the everyday routine of their lives.

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    15/02/16

    The motorway speed limit – 70, 80 or ?

    Speed surveys show that on uncongested motorways, 57 per cent of car drivers exceed the 70mph speed limit, and 20 per cent exceed 80 mph. IAM RoadSmart's most serious concern is that legalising today’s unofficial and tolerated 80 mph speed limit could create tomorrow’s unofficial 90 mph limit. Average traffic speeds would increase, as would accidents and their severity and more people could be killed and seriously injured.

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    11/02/16
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    04/02/16

    Mobile Phones and Driving

    IAM RoadSmart welcomed the banning of hand held mobile phones. Scientific research clearly demonstrates that a driver cannot safely control a car and make or take phone calls at the same time. Deaths and injury caused when a driver is distracted by a mobile phone are completely avoidable and a senseless waste of life.

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