Safely behind the wheel

Some may argue that the few people caught driving under the influence of alcohol during the festive season proved the success of awareness campaigns and more enforcement. Others would disagree and insist that, on the contrary, not enough is being done to ensure that whoever takes the wheel does so safely. Calls for random and […]

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Only five drivers were tested for alcohol on New Year’s Eve

Breathalyser tests can only be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion driver has been drinking Five of the 558 motorists stopped on New Year’s Eve were subjected to breathalyser tests, the police said. Three of the motorists waved down on the night of December 31 were found to be drink-driving, they said on New Year’s Day. However, […]

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Allow random breathalyser tests, ‘sceptical’ insurers say

Roads ‘need a strong deterrent in the form of police presence’ The Malta Insurance Association wants legislation tweaked to empower the policing authorities to carry out random breathalyser tests, regularly and frequently. Photo: Malta Police “Sceptical” about the low number of motorists caught drink-driving during the festive period, insurers want the law changed so that […]

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‘Use dash cams to nail dangerous drivers’

Insurance lobby wants police to make better use of all the eyes on our roads A truck is driven on the wrong side of the road and overtakes dangerously on a blind corner. A car overturns after its young driver performs a risky manoeuvre. A BMW zooms past slow traffic on the wrong lane coming […]

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Carnage on our roads

I recently attended the World Health Organization’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018, which had the theme ‘Roads with stories’. There is no doubt that too many people, many of them young, die on our roads every year. The statistics are numbing, almost 20 deaths every year plus countless minor and major […]

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National alcohol policy ‘rushed’, insurers fear

Breathalyser tests not being carried out often enough, lobbyists say The alcohol policy unveiled earlier this month was “rushed”, according to insurance association head Adrian Galea, who also criticised the new document for sending a distorted message and not being strong enough. Speaking to the Times of Malta days after the National Alcohol Policy was rolled out, Mr […]

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Experts back judge’s call for ‘jaywalking’ to be illegal

“Pedestrians are not exempt from the rules of the road” Road safety experts have backed a judge’s call for ‘jaywalking’ to be made illegal, to crack down on pedestrians dangerously or haphazardly crossing roads. “It should be introduced instantly,” Malta Road Safety Council chairman Pierre Vella told the Times of Malta. “Many people just cross the […]

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Conference “Technology Challenges for Insurers”

The Malta Insurance Association in joint collaboration with the Department of Insurance at the University of Malta, have organised a Conference ‘Technology Challenges for Insurers’ at the Hotel Phoenicia on the 14th March 2018. The Conference, which was well attended by practitioners was addressed by experts in their relevant areas of research.   In her welcoming […]

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Wardens will not be giving preferential treatment to certain drivers

In the two and a half months since the point system started, there were around 18,000 contraventions for which drivers had points deducted.  The Local Enforcement Agency LESA, while discussing how this system can be perfected, is excluding the option that the system will show any mercy towards certain categories of drivers, as has been […]

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