Monday, December 29, 2014

Road deaths: the worst record in 2014 – BBC

Road deaths: the worst record in 2014 – BBC

VIDEO – Minister of the Interior suggests a rise in mortality of 5% and confirms new measures for 2015


This is the end of a virtuous cycle. After twelve years of decline, the number of road deaths in France is expected to increase by about 5% in late 2014, confirmed Monday the Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve. This projection is based on the wrong figures last month and the 2014 interim review of the National Interministerial Observatory for Road Safety.

In late November 3103 there were indeed victims, more that 148 ‘in 2013 in the same period. That year, 3268 people died in road accidents, an exceptionally low figure. The number of injured is also announcing “more important”, the minister said on BFM TV and RMC. This increase is currently estimated at 2.6% compared to the first eleven months of 2013.

Given this poor record, Bernard Cazeneuve is expected to announce in January a series of measures to reduce mortality roads, including law enforcement operations on the accident-axes or “systematic controls”. The Minister also focusing on the development of new saliva test to detect alcohol and drugs with faster results. A screening method for cannabis or cocaine in saliva is already tested in ten departments since December. 2015 will also be the year of the experiment of a controversy extent, the speed limit of 80 km / hour (instead of 90 km / h) on the secondary network. The Interior Minister has spoken again to its implementation on two or three areas “particularly accident-prone.” This measure – that would save about 350 lives a year according to experts – will not be generalized as would have liked the National Council for Road Safety (NCRP) and the League against road violence

Finally, after a hellish weekend to thousands of motorists stranded on the roads Savoyard resorts, Bernard Cazeneuve recognized the need to “encourage drivers to equip” in case of cold weather, but ruled to mandate generalization of winter equipment.


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