Director of the Road Traffic Safety Jasmina Milosevic, held a press conference in order to present the activities completed by the Road Traffic Safety Agency and the results achieved in 2016. She spoke about the conducted campaigns covering all the categories of road users, their effects and reduced number of fatalities compared to the same period last year.
“Cooperation with the Ministry of Interior has also led to higher safety of road users, combining prevention and repression”, said Milosevic, and reported the data that most of the fatal road accidents belong to the type of road accidents involving one vehicle only, and most of the road accidents with casualties belong to the type of road accidents involving at least two vehicles.
With the aim of raising the awareness of citizens on the importance of following the traffic regulations, the Road Traffic Safety Agency initiated the campaign “Never…”. Within this main campaign, the campaign “Personal Story” is distinguished, with a goal to strengthen the positive attitudes, change the negative ones, and influence young people’s behaviour in traffic by sharing personal experiences of people who survived road accidents. Current practice in developed countries has shown that the persons who were victims in road accidents have the greatest influence in changing the awareness of all road users.
The Road Traffic Safety Agency understands its role, as well as the obligation with regard to reaching the goals defined in the Strategy for Road Traffic Safety to significantly reduce the casualties in traffic and reduce the number of fatalities and seriously injured by half in the year 2020 compared to the data in 2011. Having that in mind the Agency has initiated a very important campaign for raising the awareness of people on safe behavior in traffic with the slogan “Never …”. In one part, the campaign covers the seat belt use in cars. The importance and the timing of initiating the campaign is justified by the facts on drivers and passengers in vehicles being exposed to high risks.
Most of the people were killed and injured as drivers or passengers in vehicle. About half of killed and injured in road accidents are drivers and passengers. In 2015, 269 people were killed and about 11.000 were injured in vehicles, which make about 45% of all killed, that is 59% of all injured in road accidents.
The Road Traffic Safety Agency has a role to initiate and carry out activities to raise the consciousness of people on the importance of restraint system use inside vehicles – safety belts and child restraint systems. In this respect, the Agency has started the campaign aimed at increasing the use of restraint systems inside vehicles. Importance and timing of the campaign is justified by the facts on risk factors and child casualties as passengers inside vehicles.
In the previous three years, 35 children were killed and 4,469 were injured in road accidents in the Republic of Serbia. Namely, in average, every fiftieth fatality in road accidents is a child. The thing to be emphasized is that in the last three years, children mostly suffer as passengers in vehicles (54%), than as pedestrians (34%) and finally as cyclists (12%), and in the last, the year 2015, up to 71% of children were killed in road accidents (almost three quarters) were passengers in vehicles.
More than 300 students from elementary school ’’Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj“ from Svilajnac and “Despot Stefan Visoki!“ from Despotovac particed in traffic-education lesson „Pazljivko“ organised by The Road Traffic Safety Agency with a goal of teaching children to adopt basic traffic rules.
On that occasion, the Agency’s mascot “Pazljivko“ was talking with children about everything they need to know when they participate in traffic, with accent on right behaviour on their way from home to school. The interactive lesson was ended with singing Pazljivko’s song, during which the Agency’s representatives shared gifts to children.
Employees from ”Tarkett“ company from Backa Palanka yesterday had a chance to try the Road Traffic Safety’s simulators of vehicle rollover and “head-on” collision. With help of “head-on” collision simulator, which simulates collision at speeds of 8, 10,12 и 14 kilometres per hour and vehicle rollover which simulates rollover, employees were assured about the role and necessity of seatbelt use.
The representatives of the Road Traffic Safety Agency Mila Lazarevic and Svetlana Miljus attended the International Conference of the global organisation for the prevention of road traffic – PRI with the subject “|Autonomous driving and the impact on traffic safety“, in Lisbon from 13.10. to 14.10.2016.
The purpose of this meeting was defining the term of autonomous driving, presenting the overview of recent development and past experience with the "smart" devices and technologies that are used or can be used to improve the quality and safe driving.
Office of Youth Services and Cooperation with Societies in Belgrade celebrated the International Youth Day on Friday August 12. The aim of this event is to draw attention to problems, cultural and other questions young people, students and pupils have, and the Road Traffic Safety Agency recognized its importance.
All the visitors could hear important facts related to safe behavior in traffic. Great number of visitors tested some of the tools and thus, using “drunk goggles” they were able to see in a realistic way how difficult it is to perform even the simplest actions under the influence of alcohol.
The Road Traffic Safety Agency took part in “Love fest” in Vrnjacka Banja between August 4 to 6, this year as well. In cooperation with the Heineken company, within the joint campaign “Who’s driving home”, visitors were able to participate in different activations, which they gladly accepted.
#Safezone, that is road safety zone has already become a recognizable place were young people, but all visitors of the festival as well, ca hear important facts related to safe behavior in traffic. Additionally, the visitors were able to try some of the tools, such as “drunk goggles”, making sure in a realistic way how difficult it is to preform even the simplest actions under the influence of alcohol.
This year as well, at “Park fest”, cooperation with the Youth Office and the Red Cross in Uzice has been continued, and special attention was given to completing activities whose focus is on promotion of road safety.
Having in mind that the festival is visited mostly by young people, a vulnerable group of road users, the Youth Office in Uzice invited the representatives of the Road Traffic Safety Agency to take part in organizing the campaign “I Choose Life” at the festival and thus contribute to improving safety of young road users in Uzice.