Road safety

  • Road deaths caused by distraction and speeding reach 10-year high

    Road deaths caused by distraction and speeding reach 10-year high

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    The “grim” figures from the Department for Transport are a sobering reminder of the importance of staying safe on the road.

  • NEW device to CATCH drivers using mobile phones.

    NEW device to CATCH drivers using mobile phones.

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    Thames Valley and Hampshire Police are rolling out the use of mobile detection technology to find drivers using devices while behind the wheel. The technology works to show the police when motorists are using their phones – and then flashes a warning at the driver telling them to stop. The technology will not be used…

  • VIDEO: An AIRBAG for your motorcycle? Australia’s NEW road SAFETY campaign.

    VIDEO: An AIRBAG for your motorcycle? Australia’s NEW road SAFETY campaign.

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    Australia’s Road Safety Commission has just launched a series of new videos to shine a light on motorcyclists’ attitudes to towards safety. The series of films take place in a motorcycle shop which is rigged with hidden cameras and stocked with a variety of fake safety products for bikers – including stabilisers and a handlebar…

  • CHANGES to the Highway Code to help PROTECT bikers and cyclists. NEW method for opening car doors.

    CHANGES to the Highway Code to help PROTECT bikers and cyclists. NEW method for opening car doors.

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    The Department for Transport is considering adding the Dutch Reach to the Highway Code – meaning you may soon be obliged to open car doors in a whole new way. For the uninitiated, the Dutch Reach is a method for opening cars doors which was thought to have been pioneered in the Netherlands in the ‘70s.…

  • RoSPA: “DEBATE the clock change – and SAVE LIVES.”

    RoSPA: “DEBATE the clock change – and SAVE LIVES.”

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    National accident prevention charity RoSPA has come out in support of a plan to change the current daylight savings system – claiming that a move to British Summer Time (GMT+1) all year, could save many lives by providing an extra hour of daylight through the Autumn and Winter. The announcement comes as the House of…

  • Pirelli joins forces with the UN – to improve global road safety

    Pirelli joins forces with the UN – to improve global road safety

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    Pirelli has joined the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, helping to fund efforts to make improvements to global road safety. Pirelli’s foremost concern is to increase driving safety through the application of its own innovative technologies – but the iconic Italian rubber specialist has also contributed in excess of £450,000 to help the United…

  • ‘Speed limits should be slashed’ according to government report

    ‘Speed limits should be slashed’ according to government report

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    A review commissioned by the The Department for Transport suggests that the 60mph speed limit on country roads should be slashed – in an attempt to improve safety on Britain’s roads. That’s not all. The report also points towards the introduction of more average speed cameras and a lower drink-driving limit, as part of sweeping…

  • VIDEO: NEW plastic road signs ‘will save bikers lives’

    VIDEO: NEW plastic road signs ‘will save bikers lives’

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    European vehicle safety experts DEKRA are trialling a new range of plastic road signs in Germany – to minimise the risk of injury for motorcyclists involved in accidents. The majority of road signs are currently manufactured from steel – and as a result, they can be a real hazard for motorcyclists. And that’s why DEKRA…

  • Video: dguard – the world’s first eCall system for motorcycles

    Video: dguard – the world’s first eCall system for motorcycles

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    dguard, an innovative new product from German company digades is the world’s first eCall system for motorcycles. It can automatically detect a crash and quickly contact the emergency services – and it’ll let you know if your bikes on the move without your presence too. Sounds amazing, right? *In the last issue of MCM we reported that fitting…

  • 170mph cop car for Isle of Man police force

    170mph cop car for Isle of Man police force

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    The Isle of Man Constabulary has revealed its brand-new 305bhp, single-seater patrol car – a BAC Mono that has been developed on the island. Costing £132,500 and weighing in at 580kg, the BAC Mono is capable of reaching a top speed of 170mph, and can do 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds.  The new patrol car…

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