Driver impairment advice bid to cut road traffic accidents

A road safety charity is to share the latest research and offer warnings around driving while impaired and road traffic accidents to professionals and fleet operators at a special event in September.

Brake is holding its Fit to Drive conference to tackle a range of issues that can affect people’s driving; such as tiredness, bad eyesight and drink and drug-driving, all of which can lead to road traffic accidents causing serious injuries and fatalities.

Tackling road traffic accident dangers

Good progress is being made on tackling driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, but the problems persist as more than 8% of fatal accidents on the roads in 2011 were caused by motorists over the drink-drive limit.

However, a recent Brake survey revealed that 57% and 63% of fleet operators do not test their drivers for alcohol or illegal drugs respectively.

The other dangers, fatigue and poor eyesight, can also cause road traffic accidents but can be tackled by changing the attitudes and behaviours of drivers. Those who are involved in collisions can contact the Accident Advice Helpline for more information on how to claim compensation.

Brake’s conference will feature a range of speakers who will give professionals the very latest information on driving impairments and issue advice on how they can make a difference. Among them will be Dr Kim Wolff and Yvonne Taylor.

Dr Wolfe is from Kings College, London and is the chair of the Department for Transport’s expert panel on drug driving. He will pass on the panel’s findings and guidelines and what they mean for road and fleet safety.

Driver tiredness and shift working

Yvonne Taylor is a roads policing officer with North Yorkshire Police. She is also a University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies PhD student and she will discuss her work into shift working and driver fatigue.

It is important that road safety and fleet professionals understand and act on the risks associated with the different forms of driver impairment, Brake’s senior professional engagement officer Ellie Pearson said.

She said anyone who is keen on road safety and wants to make a difference to community or work motoring would learn a great deal at the event.

Source: Road Safety GB

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