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23/12/2014
THE TARGET: 50% REDUCTION IN ROAD MORTALITY

Road safety


The joint project will see the participation of Police, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Anas, Aiscat, Anci, the EU transport Directorate and the University La Sapienza in Rome

Paolo Castiglia

One of the most ambitious projects ever made in terms of road safety! A common strategy which, it is hoped, will lead to extraordinary results in Europe: State Police, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, ANAS, AISCAT, ANCI, the EU Directorate General of Transport and the University La Sapienza of Rome aspire to reduce by 50% the number of road traffic casualties, which means saving more than two thousand lives.

This is the European commitment for 2020 as stated at the Police Academy in Rome: we are committed to a common strategy that focuses on improving road safety education and training, enhancing the standards of compliance to the rules, improving both infrastructure and vehicle safety, promoting the use of modern technology, the improvement of emergency services and post accident care and protection of vulnerable road users.

All features that will lead to greater safety on the roads and save over 2,000 lives by 2020. "Together, we are road safety" is the motto of this European commitment that points to a constant updating of the objectives and prevention activities.

The meeting was attended by: the Traffic Police Director, Railway Police Director, the Director of Special Forces of the State Police and communications, Roberto Sgalla; the Director of Traffic Police, Giuseppe Bisogno; the President of ANAS Pietro Ciucci; Vice President  of AISCAT, Paolo Pierantoni; Director General for Road Safety of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Sergio Dondolini; Maria Teresa Sanz Villegas, representative of the Directorate General of Transport of the European Commission; Antonio Ragonesi Area International Relations and Cooperation / Security Infrastructure and Civil Protection,  the National Association of Italian Municipalities ANCI and Annamaria Giannini, professor at La Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Psychology . The Police deputy chief Alessandro Marangoni closed the meeting.

"This is both a challenge and a common goal. A European commitment - explained Roberto Sgalla - because on November 10, 2010, the Traffic Police Department signed the European Road Safety Charter, formally taking on the commitment to help in reaching the European goal of 50% reduction in the number of casualties due to road accidents, through practical and innovative lines of action inspired by standards of efficiency and effectiveness”.

"During these last four years - continued Sgalla -  Traffic Police has boosted prevention and security services on motorways and trunk roads, and has pursued a comprehensive communication strategy both nationally and in Europe, developing policies and joint projects within the European Union, in cooperation with other member states and with common lines of action for education and training on the subject of road safety stemming from Project ICARUS (co-financed by DG Move ). Every year this has been marked by a specific goal: more security, more safety, more legality, less speed. All together, these words have meant greater road safety ".

How will it end? Will we achieve these extraordinary results? Director General for Road Safety of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Sergio Dondolini explained that we are a bit behind schedule by about 4%, but then Pietro Ciucci, president of Anas, explaining that "we must not lose hope, although bringing down to zero the mortality rate on Italian roads may seem rather idealistic, because there is no doubt - said Ciucci - that in our country, in recent years, a lot has been done, from tightening the standards, the introduction of the penalty points system, alongside a growing national culture on security and cooperation that considers the activities of each subject important for a shared strategy".

Ciucci explained that the sharp decrease in accident data shows that the results are excellent. But, "we should not be satisfied with these results and we have to work even harder to aspire to a zero mortality rate on Italian roads. Some may consider this objective rather idealistic, but only through ideals can we aspire to change reality".

                                                                                                                      

 

 



Fatal accidents decline (-9,8%), mainly among cyclists (-14,0%) and bikers (-14,5%)

 

Decreased traffic accidents in Italy, with a substantial reduction in the number of victims in 2013 has saved 368 lives, almost 10% less casualties compared to 2012, with particularly interesting figures for some vulnerable groups of users, such as cyclists (-14.0%) and bikers (-14.5%). The data contained in the latest ACI-ISTAT report state that in 2013 on our roads there were 181 227 accidents with injuries to persons (-3.7% compared to 2012), which caused 3,385 deaths (9.8%) and 257 421 injuries (-3.5%). On average, every day 9 people die in road accidents and 705 are injured. The EU imposed a 50% reduction of casualties by 2020 compared to the figures of 2010 and so far our country is positioned in the middle of the 28 Member States (-17.7% in the period 2010/2013).

Road safety in the cities also improved compared to 2012 with 4.4% less accidents, -11.3% in casualties and less injuries by 4.2%. Nevertheless, 75% of accidents still take place on urban roads causing 42% of deaths. The municipalities with the highest mortality rate are Napoli (1.69 deaths per 100 accidents), Catania (1.57), Trieste (1.43) and Torino (1.31), compared to an average of 0, 71 deaths in large municipalities. If fatal accidents in car accidents have been reduced (-12.2% deaths compared to 2012), two wheels figures are even better: -14.5% to -14% for motorcycles and bicycles. Among drivers, the age groups most at risk are those of young people, in particular between 20 and 24 years (219 victims), and adults between 40 and 44 years (215 victims).

"Road safety has improved thanks to a greater awareness by drivers - said the president of the Automobile Club of Italy, Angelo Sticchi Damiani - as figures on car accidents show, but even more so for motorcycles and bicycles. Training and awareness-raising work, therefore efforts for the education of all road users must be strengthened. The promised changes to the Code announced by the Parliament, to which ACI has contributed actively, will accelerate improvements allowing our country to reach the target set by the European Union. "

"Road accidents are the leading cause of death and permanent disability for young people, and this is a huge cost to the state. Despite the efforts already made to be aligned to other European countries, we must not let our guard down, we need to step up preventive action on the mobility system and reliable data to ensure that road safety policies are based on scientific evidence "says the president of Istat, Giogio Alleva, who adds: "Producing quality information is rather complex and expensive, as all public institutions that contribute to the detection of road accidents are aware of. But to make a service really useful to the country, there is a need to remain vigilant and strengthen efforts to improve the timing and quality of information provided to the monitoring Institutions. "

 

 

 ROADS WITH MORE ACCIDENTS

NAME OF THE ROAD

FRO KM

TO KM

Accident per km

Place

Raccordo Autostradale di Reggio Calabria

   1

5

14,8

Reggio Calabria (RC)

A 24 - Penetrazione urbana

0

7

14,6

GRA-Portonaccio (RM)

A 51 - Tangenziale Est Milano

10

15

14,0

Cologno Monzese/Brugherio (MI)

Raccordo Tangenziale Nord Città di Bologna

11

18

13,9

Casalecchio -San Lazzaro (BO)

SS 016 - Adriatica

202

209

13,4

Rimini (RN)

A 90 - Grande Raccordo Anulare di Roma

18

48

12,1

Tratto da Flaminia ad Appia (RM)

A 08 - Milano-Varese (Autostrada dei Laghi)

0

3

11,7

Fiera Milano (MI)

A 04 - Torino-Trieste

125

130

10,8

Cormano (MI)

A 12 - Genova-Roma (tratto Genova-Rosignano)

1

5

10,8

Genova Est (GE)

A 07 - Milano-Genova

125

130

10,6

Binasco (MI)

SS 036 - del Lago di Como e dello Spluga

12

17

10,6

Monza/Villasanta (MB)

A 20 - Messina-Palermo

5

10

10,4

Messina centro (ME)

A 01 - Diramazione Capodichino

0

3

10,3

Capodichino (NA)

A 10 - Genova-Ventimiglia

1

5

8,3

Genova aeroporto (GE)

SS 148 - Pontina

17

22

7,8

Svincolo GRA (RM)

Media Italia

 

 

0,68

 

  THE MOST DANGEROUS ROADS FOR BICYCLES AND MOTORBIKES

NAME OF THE ROAD

FRO KM

TO KM

Accidents

Place

SS 001 - Aurelia

510

511

9

Pieve Ligure (GE)

SS 001 - Aurelia

511

512

7

Bogliasco (GE)

SS 001 - Aurelia

389

390

6

Ortonovo (SP)

SS 001 - Aurelia

588

589

6

Noli (SV)

SS 001 - Aurelia

661

662

6

Riva Ligure (IM)

SS 006 - Casilina

12

13

6

Torrenova (RM)

SS 016 - Adriatica

201

202

6

Variante di Rimini (RN)

SS 001 - Aurelia

509

510

5

Sori (GE)

SS 001 -  Aurelia

580

581

5

Vado Ligure (SV)

SS 007 -  Appia

13

14

5

Ciampino (RM)

SS 008 bis - Ostiense

7

8

5

Traversa di Roma (RM)

SS 011 - Padana Sup.

425

426

5

Venezia (VE)

SS 036 - del Lago di Como e dello Spluga

70

71

5

Fiumelatte di Varenna (LC)

SS 047 -  della Valsugana

38

39

5

Bassano del Grappa (VI)

SS 213 -  Flacca

30

31

5

Gaeta (LT)

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