TISPOL calls for better protection of vulnerable
Senior traffic police officers from all over Europe have called for better protection of vulnerable road users at the recent conference of TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network. Attendees also urged greater efforts to rid Europe’s roads of the most dangerous drivers. Another message at the conference was that road safety targets are a good thing. TISPOL would also like to see a commitment from governments to avoid any further cuts to policing resources. It said this will allow police officers to enforce existing laws, investigate collisions effectively and identify and sanction the most dangerous drivers. It believes this would result will be significant and sustained reductions in road deaths and injuries.
TISPOL President, Aidan Reid, said, ‘Traffic police have a vital role to play in reducing deaths and serious injuries on the roads of Europe. Central to this is the task of identifying and sanctioning those drivers who pose unacceptably high risks. They may be disqualified, uninsured, or simply have a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road which are there to help keep everyone safe. Robust systems are in place to deal with high-end offenders, but there needs to be effective enforcement and consistent, tough sentencing in order to provide a worthwhile deterrent.’