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 Safety In the News





There are new speed cameras being introduced in the south-west which have the ability to monitor your speed, check your seatbelt, detect mobile phone usage or see whether you’re eating, smoking or drinking, and it could lead to prosecution. These new cameras have been nicknamed ‘The Yellow Vultures’.


We are used to seeing average speed check cameras throughout various locations, however, these new cameras are the next generation.  They use infrared technology and high-definition, so that day or night, they have the ability to catch you unawares.


These new breed of cameras are much more accurate, which means that breaching the speed limit by just 1mph motorist may get fined.  Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, Britain’s Road Policing Chief wanted these penalties to happen and with this new technology, he may just get his way.


Currently, the National Police Chiefs Council guidelines recommend a 10+2 limit, that is 10% over, plus 2mph – 35mph in a thirty limit, 57mph in a fifty and so on, but that really is only a courtesy, as speedometers were allowed to have some inaccuracy. Now speedometers are accurate and so the motorist can tell what speed they are reaching. 


The camera unit itself is similar enough to existing average speed cameras, but the tell-tale is that they’ll be preceded by a bank of LED equipment and sensors 20 metres before the first camera, even so, you’ll need sharp eyesight to know when you’re entering a zone.



(excerpt taken from PetrolPrices.com website. Jan 2019)







IAM Roadsmart are offering a special price for first 50 people - If you are a mature driver who needs a confidence boost or would like a reassurance that your skills are still tip-top for £40.00.

The Mature Driver Review (MDR) is not a test or exam – there is no pass or fail. It's a friendly onehour session, with a qualified assessor. People will use their own car and drive on roads that are familiar. The assessor will also work through any issues which arise or are of concern and provide a written report in complete confidence. To take advantage of this offer: call 0300 303 1134 quoting code MDA 40.


This offer can only be accessed by phone and is not available to book on line however
you can find more about it at





(Information from Graham Feest newsletter, February 2019)







An airbag vest which can detect a collision and inflate in less than one second has been developed to help protect cyclists from back and neck injuries has been developed by Helite, a French company which specialises in airbag technology.


The vest known as “B”safe will inflate in 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds) and will give ‘optimal protection’ to three vital parts of the body: the thorax, the back and the neck. It is made of a strong nylon fabric which is designed to ensure the vest won’t rip
after inflation. The company say that the focus in the development has been on the main areas that need to be protected during a fall. The great news is that following each inflation the airbag automatically deflates slowly and can be used


The vest is used in conjunction with a saddle sensor which detects shocks from the road surface Helite has also developed an airbag for motorcyclists – Airvest –
which is currently being used by 14 UK police forces and London Ambulance motorcycle paramedics.


(Excerpt from Graham Feest Newsletter, February 2019)




 Use of Hands Free Phones Whilst Driving


The RAC’s Be Phone Smart campaign reported that drivers using phones caused 2263 crashes between 2013 and 2017. It also reported that 25% of respondents admitted using a hand-held phone while driving, and 40% admitted to checking texts or social media. However, most such campaigns focus on hand-held mobile phone use rather than hands-free. 


Research carried out by Dr Graham J. Hole (University of Sussex) with Dr Gemma F. Briggs and Dr Jim A. J. Turner (Open University) reveals overwhelming evidence that – contrary to popular assumption – driving while having a phone conversation using hands-free technology is no safer than using a hand-held phone. Over 80% of studies into phone use have now shown significant performance degradation, with hands-free phone use causing the same dangerously high levels of distraction as hand-held phone use. 


The road safety fraternity has promoted the message that being engaged on the phone whilst driving is totally unacceptable whether it is hand held (which is against the law) or hands free.  Drawing from their own research, as well as numerous studies by other academics and public bodies, this research collates and gives further evidence around some common misconceptions about the safety of hands-free phone use, and  examines some potential solutions for tackling the problem.


Find a copy of the paper at https://www.grahamfeest.com/resources/latest-uploads/







The Road Casualty results for 2017 have been published.

1,793 people were killed on roads in Great Britain during 2017 - one death more than in 2016.

24,831 people were seriously injured in 2017; however this figure
is not comparable to earlier years due to changes in casualty reporting
methods introduced in 2016.

170,993 was the total number of road casualties for the year a
fall of 6%.

Pedestrian deaths rose by 5% to 470 in 2017 and are showing an upward trend on the 2010-2014 average of 424.

Motorcycle deaths increased – up 9% to 349.

There was a fall in the number of cyclists killed – down 1% to 101 – and the number of car occupants killed – down 4% to 787.

Looking at age, the number of fatalities aged between 17-24 years
decreased by 7% in 2017 – down from 299 in 2016 to 279. The ongoing
downward trend for this age group is welcome news given the pressure on
young drivers between this age range. However a number of additional factors may well have some influence on this such as young people learning to drive later and also having attained a licence not immediately getting behind the wheel of a car. The number of fatalities aged 60 years and over increased by 5% to 559 (from 533 in 2016). Largely due to the number of pedestrian deaths in 2017 (216 compared to 186 in 2016).


A copy of the results can be found at:





Researchers have developed a new test which could provide information for police forces to identify whether a driver involved in a collision was suffering from sleep deprivation. Scientists from the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey have created a blood test capable of telling whether a person has skipped a night’s sleep. The researchers say the breakthrough, which could also ‘assist employers in assessing fitness for duty’, paves the way for a future test toaccurately calculate how much sleep an individual has had. Tests carried out on 36 participants who’d gone through a 40-hour period of sleep deprivation identified changes in the ‘expression levels’ of thousands of genes.

Previous research has shown that drivers who get just one to two hours less than the recommended daily allowance in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk of being involved in a collision.

Excerpt from Graham Feest Newsletter, November 2018





The latest Government Casualty Figures for 2017 have indicated that the number of car occupants who were killed while not wearing a seat belt reached the highest level on record. Up to one in four deaths in a car would potentially have been prevented if a seat belt had been worn. If this is correct then it is something which is a needless waste and we need to adopt the same harsh penalties as using a mobile phone with these people who cost society so much money through selfish acts. So why not have madatory disqualification for drivers who do not wear a seat belt or ensure that their passengers of whatever age are doing so. By the same token we should remove many of the exemptions given to drivers not to wear a belt.


Excerpt from Graham Feest Newsletter, November 2018






Network Rail in conjunction with British Transport Police have launched a national campaign to reduce the number incidents with drivers at level crossings and to hopefully increase awareness of the dangers which level crossings present.

Network Rail have revealed that in the UK 46 incidents take place on level crossings each week and In the last 5 years 6 people have lost their lives in vehicles at level crossings with many more being injured. Lorries make up also a third of all level crossing incidents but the involvement of cars not far behind.




Excerpt from Graham Feest Newsletter, November 2018




***19th to 25th November 2018***

Road Safety Week 2018


Bike Smart is the theme for this year’s road safety week taking place from 19th to 25th November 2018. The week not only encourages individuals to think more carefully about the way in which they use the roads but also promotes the idea that it is a good time to introduce or promote road safety initiatives amongst employees and organisation members.




BRAKE who are the co-ordinators of Road Safety Week in the UK have said about this year’s theme:


"More than a third of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those traveling by bike. Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 riders injured every day in crashes. The dangers (and opportunities) posed by bicycles and motorcycles are distinct but those on two wheels are united by the urgent need to reduce their risk of death and injury on our roads. Cycling is one of the healthiest, cheapest and most environmentally-friendly forms of transport available with the benefits to public health, congestion and the economy widely acknowledged. The number of people taking up cycling each year is increasing. Motorcyclists are disproportionately involved in crashes and the resulting injuries are often severe. The speeds motorcycles can travel are equal to those of cars and yet motorcycle riders do not always have equal protection in the event of a crash, such as air bags or side-impact bars, exposing them to the full force of impact."


Raising awareness of safe driving behaviour for riders and drivers alike, and therefore limiting motorcycle crashes, is critical to saving lives on UK roads.

Excerpt from Graham Feest October 2018






Don't Be A Space Invader 

Don’t be a space invader is the title of a new campaign which has been launched by Highways England aimed at reducing roads from tailgating which frustrates motorists although everyone needs to do unto others as they would be expected to be treated.


It is estimated that more than 100 people are killed or seriously hurt each year in crashes caused by driving too closely to other vehicles and pretty much nine out of 10 drivers say they have been tailgated, with some left feeling "victimised".


Drivers are being advised to follow the well-known principle of allowing a two-second gap between vehicles.


Ahead of the launch of the campaign Highways England surveyed 1,109 motorists and found that one in four had tailgated another driver in the last three months.


Tailgating caused one in eight casualties in 2016 on motorways and A-roads in England, government statistics show and figures obtained by the BBC in 2014 showed that thousands of motorists had been fined for hogging lanes and tailgating.


Excerpt from Graham Feest Oct 2018 https://www.grahamfeest.com/resources/newsletter/



Driving and Poor Vision



Around one in 20 drivers pulled over by West Midlands Police as part of a road safety initiative are failing basic eyesight tests. Between 1 March and 20 August the force checked the vision of 81 motorists pulled over as part of Operation Close Pass – the force’s campaign to protect cyclists from drivers who pass too close to cyclists.



The drivers were required to undertake the statutory eye sight test for driving by reading a number plate from 20 metres. In all four failed and had their licence revoked on the spot after being ‘deemed a potential risk to other road users’.


West Midlands Police is one of three constabularies – alongside Hampshire and Thames Valley who have been supporting a national driver vision campaign being organised by road Brake throughout September. Under the campaign, officers will test every motorist they stop in a bid to clamp down on drivers with defective eyesight.

Whilst it is claimed that poor vision is the cause of around eight casualties every day on our roads the actual evidence for this claim has never been proven and in fact the evidence between crashes and poor eyesight has always been for the most part questionable when it is simply applied to the standard requirements for driving. There are many who would like to see the current eyesight requirements changed requiring drivers to obtain a medical practitioners certificate before obtaining or renewing a licence so that peripheral vision could also be tested.



Excerpt from Graham Feest Oct 2018





Black Box Technologies Seems to be Working




There are a number of companies who offer a range of more affordable policies to newly qualified drivers if they are prepared to have a black box fitted which monitors their driving performance.


Research by the RAC has found that more than 60% of its black box policyholders believe the device makes them safer on the roads. Black box, or ‘telematics’ insurance, sees a small black box device installed into a vehicle which records information on speed, acceleration, braking and cornering – which is sent back to the insurer.


62% of RAC black box car insurance policyholders believe the device – and its ‘driver score’ feature – makes them safer on the roads, compared to just 12% who think it makes no difference to their driving. 58% claim they now rarely exceed the speed limit, while 30% say that they drive more slowly around bends as a result of the device.


The RAC says the figures support its long-held view that telematics devices help create safer drivers, and illustrate the influence they can have on in-car behaviour.



Excerpt from Graham Feest Oct 2018 





Last Text Tour - Road Respect - Northumbria



                                                                (Photo credit Roadsafetygb.org) 


Giant Mobile Phones - displaying the final messages sent by drivers killed while using their device at the wheel - are going on display across Northumbria.


The 'Last Text Tour' is part of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative which targets young divers in the North East of England.


The centrepiece of the tour (which goes to Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland and South Tyneside) is an installation featuring six mobile phones showing final messages sent by people who died as a result of texting while driving. on the back of each phone is a plaque with an explanation.


This forms part of Road Respect's 'No Look, No Touch, No Phone' campaign.


For more information go to RoadsaftyGB at roadsafetygb.org.




Learn2Live Presentations


Learn 2 Live



Learn2Live Exeter University

Tues 16th October 2018


Learn2Live South Devon College

Tues 30th, Wed 31st November & Thurs 1st December 2018


Learn2Live Exeter College

Mon 5th & Tues 6th December 2018


Learn2Live Plymouth Pavilions

Thurs 15th December 2018


Learn2Live ERC Torquay

Tues 20th December 2018


Learn2Live Petroc North Devon

Mon 3rd, Tues 4th, and Wed 5th December 2018


Learn2Live Blundells School, Tiverton

Fri 7th December 2018 (am)


Learn2Live Petroc, Tiverton

Fri 7th December 2018 (pm)


For more infomation visit Learn2Live website. 

MOT Rule Changes : 20th May 2018


From Sunday 20th May 2018, the MOT will be changing.

This includes 3 new defect catagories - Dangerous, Major and Minor. A dangerous or major fault will result in an MOT fail.

There will also be tighter limits on smoke for diesel vehicles to help improve air quality. 

Vehicles more than 40 years old without substantial improvements will be exempt from having an MOT. 

To find out more about the changes go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mot-changes-20-may-2018


Changes to the Theory Test

The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency have made an annoucement regarding changes to the Theory Test for British driving licences.

"From 1 May 2018, we'll be changing the way 78 theory test questions are worded, to make them more accessible to everyone.

We've worked with the British Dyslexia Association and the British Deaf Association to develop the changes. We trialled the changes with over 7,000 candidates, who found the revised questions easier to understand.

Main changes to the questions

We've rephrased all of the continuation questions in the test. This type of question asks the candidate to choose an answer from a list, to complete a sentence. We're changing the wording so that the candidate has to pick a statement to answer the question instead.

We've also removed long and complicated words, with shorter simpler words. This includes replacing words like 'increased' and 'decreased' with 'bigger' and 'smaller'.

You can find more information on helping candidates with learning difficulties take their theory test on GOV.UK or Safe Driving for Life. "



Dangerous Tyres

It is estimated that almost 40% of cars in the UK are running on one or more tyres that are "dangerous" or "very dangerous".

Michelin and Kwik Fit carried out inspections on more than 500 vehicles in Tesco car parks around the UK to collect these figures.

Michelin classifies tyres that are between 7psi and 14psi below the manufacturer's recommendation as "dangerously underinflated", and 14psi or more underinflation is deemed to be "very dangerous".

Their technicians found over 27% of cars had one or more dangerous tyres, and over 12% with at least one very dangerous tyre.

According to Michelin in the UK, driving around on underinflated types costs money and can cost lives.

(Information from AIRSO New Press, Jan 2018)


To check your tyre pressure visit the Kwik Fit guide at:



Older Drivers


GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging family members to be wise to the early signs of unsafe driving in their senior relatives. The call follows the tragic case of Gertrude Lister, the 95-year-old driver who put her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake following a visit to her husband's grave last February. She crashed into a hedge and killed a cemetery worker. Mrs Lister was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, and banned her from driving for the rest of her life.


GEM road safety officer Neil Worth comments:

We want as many people as possible to enjoy the freedom of the open road for as long as possible, but only while they are safe. Warning signs relating to failing health or reduced ability can develop slowly and gradually in older drivers. This often means they won't be aware of their changing actions or the growing risks they may pose to themselves and to others on journeys. The only requirement in law for any driver aged over 70 is to declare every three years that they are fit to drive. In the absence of re-testing and mandatory eyesight checks, it's vital that family members and friends are willing to keep an eye on their senior relatives and take appropriate action if anything causes them concern.

There are more than 100,000 drivers aged over 90 in the UK, and more than 500 centenarians still hold licences.


(Excerpt from: www.grahamfeest.com)



The Blue Badge Scheme


The Department of Transport has launched a consultation into the clarity of the Blue Badge System

The Blue Badge scheme plays a vital role in allowing 2.4 million disabled people in England to maintain their independence through special national parking concessions. Blue Badges enable their holders to visit their families and friends and to access healthcare and leisure activities. The badges are no less important in helping to prevent social exclusion and isolation, and they contribute to the ability of their holders to secure and maintain long term employment. Without the scheme, 75% of badge holders have said that they would go out less often.

The Government believes that the Blue Badge scheme should not discriminate in principle between physical and non-physical disabilities. The current rules embrace all conditions, physical or otherwise, but it would appear that the regulations and guidance are not clearly understood by local authorities. People with hidden disabilities may be finding it difficult to access badges, even though their condition causes them very significant difficulties when undertaking a journey.

The Department of Transport has accordingly committed to look again at how the scheme works for people with hidden disabilities, to ensure that the rules and guidance are clear and that those with the greatest needs have access to a Blue Badge.

This consultation document discusses the key issues involved, and presents ideas for improving the rules. The challenge will be to ensure a scheme that is both sustainable and works for all who are eligible for it, whatever their disability.

A copy of the report can be found at


(Excerpt from: www.grahamfeest.com)



Petrol Station Charge Points


ChargePoint Services is continuing its work on installing a UK-wide rapid charging network at petrol station forecourts, with an initial target of 60 expected by the end of Q1 2018. The overall aim is to have in excess of 200 50kW rapid chargers at forecourts by the end of this year. 14 triple-connector charge points are already installed, with a further 20 in January and 25 in February, and all locations are a part of ChargePoint Services,GeniePoint Network, ensuring 24-hour monitoring for minimal downtime. At the same time more Local Authorities are looking to install road side charging points as the aim to have more vehicles using electricity by 2030 than traditional fuel.

(Excerpt from: www.grahamfeest.com)



Driving Test changes


New 'Show Me, Tell Me' videos


With less than 3 months to go until the driving test changes, DVSA have published new videos about the updated 'show me, tell me' driving test questions.

During the exam 2 safety questions will be asked - known as the 'show me, tell me' questions.

Currently, both questions are asked at the start of the test, but from 4th December 2017, the examined will have to carry out the 'show me' question while they are driving.

You can:

- watch the 'tell me' questions video

- watch the 'show me' questions video

- view the full list of questions

 all on GOV.UK   GOV.UK Learning to drive


Updated Book

There is also the updated 'official DVSA guide to learning to drive' book to include all the new elements of the driving test. This version is available from Monday 18th Sept 2017 from https://www.safedrivingforlife.info/




Life Sentances for Killers


The Government has confirmed that drivers who cause death by speeding, racing, or using a mobile phone could face sentences equivalent to manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from 14 years to life and those who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will also face life sentences. In addition a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving will be created.

The proposals now comprise:

  •  Increasing the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous

         driving from 14 years to life.

  • Increasing the maximum penalty for causing death by careless

         driving while under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life.

  • Creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving.


(Excerpt from: www.grahamfeest.com)



Overgrown Foliage


Two out of five drivers say overgrown foliage is hiding speed limit and other warning signs and the same number feel that overgrown verges are blurring sight lines at junctions on local roads.

The findings come in a poll of more than 16,000 drivers carried out for the AA, which said obscured road signs have become more problematic in the last year. The poll found that 42% of drivers thought sight lines at junctions were now a problem because of overgrown shrubs and long grass while 39% said obscured direction signs due to overhanging branches were a problem.


(Excerpt from: www.grahamfeest.com)




Following a period of consultation the Department of transport has announced that Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 2018. The exact date in 2018 will be confirmed nearer the time. The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.

Learner drivers will need to be:

Accompanied by a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

Driving a car fitted with dual controls

(Trainee driving instructors will NOT be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway)

Any motorways lessons will be voluntary and it will be up to the approved driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson. This change will only apply to learner drivers of cars.

(Learner motorcyclists will NOT be allowed to have motorway lessons 

The change will be well-publicised so driving instructors and learner drivers are prepared for the change, and other road users know what to expect. The Highway Code rules on motorways will also be updated.

Driving instructors will be allowed to decide whether or not to keep their driving school roof-top box on during motorway lessons, based on the manufacturer�s instructions. However, the car will still need to display L plates on the front and rear if the rooftop box is removed. It is not intended to provide driving instructors extra training on providing motorway lessons, but learning materials and the car driving syllabus will be updated to incorporate motorway lessons. DVSA will also work with driving instructor associations and Highways England to provide extra guidance and advice for driving instructors.

Until the law is changed, it's still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.


(Excerpt from: www.grahamfeest.com)


Dangerous Cycling


Theresa May has indicated that the Government will consider introducing new legislation to address dangerous behaviour by cyclists. The Prime Minister made the commitment at Prime Minister's Questions when asked about the recent trial of the cyclist who knocked over and killed a female pedestrian.

On that occasion the cyclists whose fixed gear bike had no front brakes - was cleared of manslaughter but convicted under the 19th century offence of wanton or furious driving.

The Labour MP for Lewisham East, said the law was "hopelessly out dated and wholly inadequate". To which Mrs may replied saying it is important to ensure legislation is kept up to date, and added: "I am sure this is an issue that the secretary of state for transport will look at."

(Excerpt from: www.grahamfeest.com)



New Mobile Phone Penalties


The "MyCarNeedsA.com" survey of more than 1,000 motorists, carried out in April 2017, found that just 37% of motorists said that the tougher penalties will stop them using their phones while driving. The survey suggests that despite the introduction of tougher mobile phone penalties, as many as two thirds of motorists still appear to be using their device at the wheel with 66% of respondents admitted to texting when stationary in traffic along with 37% confessed to checking social media and 18% to making calls. While the vehicle is on the move, 20% of respondents admitted to making calls, 6% to checking social media and 2% to texting. When asked if the Government was doing enough to curb mobile phone usage, 41% of respondents said that the new measures were not tough enough.





Recent research conducted by RAC Insurance has found the nearly a quarter (23%) of motorists did not inform their insurer the last time they received penalty points on their licence,.

As many as 2.8m drivers have points on their licences which means around 654,158 drivers may be putting themselves at risk of their insurance policy being declared invalid should their insurer discover the information they have on record is not true.

The problem could, however, be far greater as 18% of those surveyed said they would not inform their insurer if they were to receive penalty points this equates to nearly 7m of Britain's 38.5m full driving licence holders.

The RAC Insurance research also found that one in 10 (10%) of those surveyed claimed to know of someone who had incurred penalty points themselves and then got their partner to take them instead an offence which was highlighted in the national media in 2013 when former Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne was jailed for perverting the course of justice as a result of getting his ex-wife Vicky Pryce to take his penalty points which would have caused him to be banned from driving.

Although motorists can be given penalty points for a variety of offences, speeding tends to be the one which leads to the most points being added to UK driving licences. This is no doubt due to the use of speed cameras, particularly as Government statistics for 2015 show that since 2010 there has been a 27% drop in the number of full-time roads policing officers in England and Wales from 5,338 to 3,901 or 1,437 fewer officers.


Research carried out online among 2,076 members of the RAC Opinion Panel


Driving Test Changes From December 2017


The driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4th December 2017.

The Changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they'll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The 4 main changes to the test are:

- The independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes

- Most candidates will be asked to follow directions from sat nav

- The reversing manoeuvres will be changed

- Answering a vehicle safety question while you are driving

DVSA test updates April 2017


Horse and Road Incidents


Over the last five years, there have been 2000 reported road incidents in the UK involving horses. Most - over 1500 - involved vehicles passing the horse too closely; over 180 resulted in the death of a horse, and 36 caused the death of the rider.

                                   Excerpt from Traffic Safety Roads Graham Feest Consultancy


Western Morning News Article



Plymouth Herald



Our blue light services deal with trauma every day, so who is there for them?


By WMNHFinch Posted: December 23, 2016


The M5 tragedy cost seven lives and affected countless others Our blue light services deal with trauma everyday, so who is there for them?X

Every day our emergency services are called to help in some of the most traumatic events we will ever face. But who is there for them? Hannah Finch talks to trauma specialist Rosemary Pell about her work helping people rebuild their lives in the most tragic of circumstances.

The 2011 M5 pile-up involving 34
vehicles remains one of the UK's worst road traffic disasters. Seven people were killed that day, 51 others injured and countless lives destroyed by the loss. It was devastating for survivors and witnesses and never became 'just another day' for the emergency services who were tasked to help in the moment of crisis.

Rosemay Pell, a counsellor in Exeter and founder of Road User Support Service, was called upon in the days that followed to debrief the paramedics and ambulance staff that were called to the devastating scene. She was there to tell them that the flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of anger or disbelief that they were or could be experiencing were entirely normal.

She explained: "For the paramedics, as with everyone, their experiences are individual. There were some who attended that day who have been in the job a long time and they felt able to deal with what they had seen but there were others who had not been with the service for so long.

"They were confronted with a terrible scene, of injured people, dead bodies and a mass of vehicles.

"My work has been to help them come to terms with what they have had to deal with and to make sure they are safe in their work. Even the smell of burning or the sight of a collision can trigger the memory."


Copy link to paste in your messageRosemary Pell has helped thousands deal with the aftermath of road trauma

Rosemary has gone on to work with members of Devon and Somerset Fire Rescue Service and Devon & Cornwall Police. She said that a challenge for those in the emergency services is finding an outlet to talk about the situations they are confronted with at the end of a 999 call. But for reasons of confidentiality or choice, it is not so easy to respond honestly when they get home and asked, 'So, how was your day?'

Rosemary said: "Inside that uniform is a human being with a range of emotions. These are people who have empathy and have chosen to help people in their profession, and they are presented with many distressing incidents on a daily basis."

Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/who-s-there-for-the-emergency-services-at-christmas/story-29989065-detail/story.html#g95g4GqpR33HepbW.99


Annoying Behaviours


The Highway Code states: Be considerate. Be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users, especially those requiring extra care, nearly two-thirds 64% said most drivers need to re-read it.

In response to the question;

Which do you think are the most inconsiderate driving behaviours?

1 Not indicating clearly 58%

2 Hogging the middle lane on a motorway 56%

3 Not leaving plenty of distance behind the car in front 51%

4 Getting angry with other motorists 46%

5 Selfish parking not parking between lines 45%

6 Not saying thank you to other drivers for letting them out of a

    junction / giving way to them 43%

7 Not slowing down when passing horses 34%

8 Not adhering to speed limits 30%

9 Not giving cyclists plenty of space 29%

10 Using the horn in anger 27%

(Excerpt from Traffic Safety Roads Graham Feest Consultancy)


Call for the return of the Tax Disc?


1st October marked the second anniversary of the loss of the tax disc. The move was meant to save the DVLA 10 million a year but instead revenue from vehicle excise duty is reported to have fallen by some 93 million.

In a research study conducted by uSwitch, three quarters of the six thousand respondents called for the tax disc to be brought back!

The DVLA has confirmed that almost 99 per cent of all vehicles on the road are correctly taxed that's around 6 billion in vehicle tax passed to the Treasury every year. They write to every registered vehicle keeper in the UK to remind them when their tax is due and rely therefore on drivers telling them when they move house. The new system also means that you can pay in monthly instalments instead of one sum.

However some are asking if the loss of the tax disc is encouraging more motorists to evade the tax?

Kasey Cassells, insurance expert at uSwitch.com, said:

"A gap has clearly been left by the paper disc, but the move towards modernisation doesn't go far enough. Despite receiving reminders by post, motorists with the best intentions are getting caught out by forgetting their renewal date. The DVLA should consider more relevant notifications, like text alerts which have proved successful for the NHS."

(Excerpt from Traffic Safety Roads Graham Feest Consultancy)





Police have stopped almost 2,700 drivers for unsafe driving over the past 16 months with the help of a HGV cab that allows officers to film from an elevated position. The cab has been loaned by Highways England to police forces across England, with footage recently released by Cheshire Police, showing a driver on the M6 using two phones at the same time, with one phone to his ear in his left hand while he texted on another phone in his right hand.

The elevated position of the cab allows police officers to film unsafe driving behaviour. Drivers are then pulled over by police cars following behind

Since the safety scheme began in April 2015, 3,494 offences have been spotted. Nearly half related to the unsafe use of mobile phones, and over a fifth involved drivers not wearing seatbelts.

A total of 25 police forces took part in the HGV safety cab initiative during its first 16 months. Officers gave verbal advice to 247 drivers, issued 693 fixed or graduated penalty notices, and filed 2,186 traffic offence reports usually requiring drivers to attend a driver education course. There were also 34 prosecutions for more serious offences.

Reasons for stopping drivers included:

Using mobile phones 1,663

Not wearing seatbelts 749

Not in proper control of vehicles 173

Speeding 160

Driving under influence of drink or drugs - 7

(Excerpt from Traffic Safety Roads Graham Feest Consultancy)


Grieving Husband calls for Compulsory Cycle Helmets


A 41 year old mother-of-two died following a bicycle crash moments after she took a smiling selfie.

Carmen Greenway, a graphic designer, was cycling home after having dinner at a pub to celebrate her mother's birthday when she hit a bump and lost control.

She was not wearing a helmet and fractured her skull and died six days later.

Her husband, Rufus Greenway, 47, said his wife who'd had a celebratory drink was not taking selfies at the time of the crash but called for wearing helmets to be made compulsory.


Sleep Apnoea


Fatigue resulting in people driving whilst tired and falling asleep at the wheel is in its own way nothing new but is certainly something which receives greater attention the used to be the case. Whilst a great deal of fatigue is self-induced, brought about be sheer exhaustion or burning the candle at both ends so to speak, the prevalence of a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is being more regularly diagnosed. However there is a great need for people to understand about this condition and know that is can be treated and controlled.

Eight out of ten businesses that run vehicle fleets say they would benefit from greater awareness of obstruction sleep apnoea sydndrome (ASOS), a condition that affects about 10% of the driving population.

Studies show that a driver with ASOS could be up to nine times more likely to crash.

(Excerpt from Traffic Safety Roads Graham Feest Consultancy)

"The Honest Truth"

This project (The Honest Truth) provides a resource pack for driving instructors, including a video, teaching cars, letter templates and leaflets helping instructors to deliver safer driving messages to their students and students' parents.

Approximately every 18 hours a young person is killed on UK roads, while every 90 minutes a young person suffers a serious injury.

Over 300 driving instructors across Devon and Cornwall are already associates of The Honest Truth. It's free for instructors to join and the first of it's kind in the country.

visit thehonesttruth.co.uk

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call 01626 215894


Online Driving Instructor Directory

A free online directory, launched by the Driving Standards Agency, is to make it easier for learner drivers to find qualified instructors in their area. Fully-qualified driving instructors can sign up to be listed on the 'Find your nearest driving instructors' directory.


Learners can search by postcode and will be able to see if instructors have signed up to the voluntary code of practice and are committed to continuing their personal development.