Call for automatic alert for road crashes

Glenis Willmott has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament yesterday which calls for all new cars to be fitted with a device which automatically alerts rescue services to road crashes.

The Labour MEP explained: “These eCall devices use the 112 public emergency call system, and would enable rescue services to arrive faster, saving lives and reducing injuries.”

“The earlier the alert, the quicker qualified and equipped paramedics can get to the scene.   It’s estimated that the eCall system could save up to 2,500 lives a year and reduce injury severity by 10 to 15%.

“Europe has tried asking car-makers to voluntarily introduce the eCall system to their cars, but only a very small proportion have done so.  MEPs therefore are calling on the European Commission to table legislation to make the eCall system mandatory – and free of charge to all drivers in Europe, irrespective of the make of their vehicles – by 2015.

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