Riders and passengers on mopeds and motorcycles belong to the most vulnerable category of road users in Serbia. The reasons for this lie in the fact that in the previous years insufficient work has been done on both education and improving the work conditions for motorcycle riders.
Having this in mind, the Road Traffic Safety Agency has initiated the campaign “Take care of others, think about yourself” for the first time this year, aimed at motorcycle and moped riders through realization of activities targeted towards increasing responsible behavior in traffic and reducing risks of moped and motorcycle casualties. In addition, the Agency is giving great attention to motorcyclists’ safety within its prevention-promotion activities, especially through cooperation with representatives of moto clubs and societies. One of the forms of cooperation is support to different events organized by these organizations.
On Friday July 27, the Road Traffic Safety Agency in cooperation with the Commission for road safety of Backi Petrovac Municipality, conducted an action aimed at motorcyclists as one of the most vulnerable category of road users in this territory.
In the educational part of the meeting, the present were addressed by the municipality president Srdjan Simic, a licensed lecturer at the “Alunno” driving school in Novi Sad Dragan Knezevic who spoke about two-wheelers’ safety, member of the Road Safety Committee in Backi Petrovac Nebojsa Stojisavljevic who reported the statistics about safety of motorcyclists in Backi Petrovac municipality.
Two-wheeler riders are one of the most vulnerable road users. Therefore, aiming to raise their awareness about the necessity to follow the regulations, the Road Traffic Safety Agency, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, has initiated the campaign “Take care of others, think of yourself” in order to improve their safety.
During the action, members of the Ministry of Interior, Traffic Police Department, are going stop and check the two-wheelers, while the representatives of the Agency, if anyone of riders misses anything, but also if they already equipped, are going to share protection equipment – helmets, light-reflecting bracelets, vests, lights for bicycles…
The goal is that the Agency and the Ministry of Interior conduct the action in all local self-governments by the end of the year.
As the Acting Director of the Road Traffic Safety Agency Jasmina Milosevic said, intention is that two-wheeler riders, cyclists, motorcyclists and mope riders, realize that they are the category of road users that must take care of themselves, use protection equipment, follow the traffic rules, not because they could be punished by the police, but in order to protect themselves and other road users.
July 28, 2016 – At the Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia (AMSS) Center for Motor Vehicles, a press conference was organized concerning the first Center for testing driving abilities in our countries, the only one of this kind at the Balkans, designed primarily for drivers with disabilities.
On that occasion, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin, president of the Union of Paraplegics and Quadriplegics of Serbia Mihajlo Pajevic, Director of the Road Traffic Safety Agency of the Republic of Serbia Jasmina Milosevic, as well as the president of the AMSS Mirko Butulija, addressed the journalists. Minister Aleksandar Vulin, thanked the Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia for supporting the initiative of the Ministry and provided an opportunity for all the people with disabilities to test their driving ability for safe participation in traffic, in a modern and precise way. Reminding everyone of the problem drivers with disabilities have, president of the Union of Paraplegics and Quadriplegics of Serbia Mihajlo Pajevic thanked the AMSS for providing such a center where the abilities of drivers could be tested, particularly people with disabilities, making it possible that way to drive alone and have a more independent life.
The Road Traffic Safety Agency has done an analysis of road safety state for each city and municipality in the Republic of Serbia and created 161 Reports on road safety state in local self-governments. For each local self –government the biggest, key problems for casualties in traffic have been determined. It has been determined if there are any and what are the trends of road accidents and casualties (increase, decrease, oscillations) in a five-year period from 2011 to 2015. The most common types of road accidents with fatalities and casualties are analyzed specially, as well as the months in which they occur most frequently. Vulnerability of certain categories of road users was also analyzed (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, drivers and passengers in cars, children, young people, people older than 65, casualties in road accidents with tractors, etc.).
The aim of conducting such detailed analyses of road safety state was that the Road Traffic Safety Agency perceives the state of road safety for each city and municipality in the Republic of Serbia, as well as to prompt and facilitate the work of local road traffic safety bodies to which data from the report could serve to determine the existing problems and defining plans for future activities for improving road safety in its territory.
The Road Traffic Safety Agency has been conducting the promotion-preventive campaign ”Drive Fresh”, devoted to reducing the number and the consequences of road accidents during summer months in the period between July 22 and August 30 in all transit roads through the Republic of Serbia. Full and active support to the campaign “Drive Fresh” is given by the Ministry of Interior and the public enterprise “Roads of Serbia” so that the promoters at the pay tolls Bubanj Potok and Nais could distribute leaflets with messages about the main risks leading to casualties in road accidents.
Along with the support of the state institutions, the importance of the campaign “Drive Fresh” was recognized by the “EKO Serbia” company and consequently a partner cooperation with the Road Traffic Safety Agency started. This type of cooperation has already been underway in the last few years with NIS Company.
The Road Traffic Safety Agency, in cooperation with the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering in Belgrade continued to monitor safety performance indicators for the fourth year in a row. During May and June, the so called “spring” measuring of safety performance indicators was conducted in the Republic of Serbia. Measuring safety performance indicators was conducted in all 27 Police departments inside settlements, outside settlements and on motorways.
The project determined the values of indicators related to:
During the “autumn” measuring of safety performance indicators, in September and October, besides the mentioned ones, additional research is going to be conducted on safety performance indicators related to pedestrian behavior and driving under the influence of alcohol.
One of the most famous and the most visited world music festivals, EXIT, has this year as well offered many educational, interactive and socially responsible contents, along with great entertainment.
Among them was the #safezone, safe traffic zone, which attracts attention of great number of visitors for the third year in a row. This year, within the joint campaign of the Road Traffic Safety Agency, Heineken Company and EXIT foundation called “Who’s driving home?” different activities for raising the level of awareness about road safety were available to young people.
During the festival, at the #safezone, the visitors could be informed about all the important questions on safe and responsible behavior in traffic, to make sure by using “drunken goggles” how alcohol influences driver’s sight and reactions, they could make temporary fun tattoos with educative messages, and received bracelets, key rings, T-shirts to remind them that good fun and responsible behavior could go together.
“Who’s driving home?” is a joint campaign of the Road Traffic Safety Agency, Heiniken Serbia Company and EXIT foundation.
Within this action, visitors will be able to attend a number of workshops about road safety and a free ride is going to be organized from Belgrade to EXIT, while the visitors who stay Novi Sad will be able to get a free taxi ride vouchers. It is estimated that the last festival was visited by 190,000 people and all of them are active road users, as either pedestrians or drivers. Exactly for these reasons there is an action “Who’s driving home?”, in order to provide an alternative for young people so they could in a completely safe and free way go the the festival and return home.
For the first time the Agency initiates a campaign devoted to motorcyclists and conducts activities aimed at increasing responsible behavior in traffic and reducing risks of casualties among two-wheeler riders.
The campaign “Take care of others, think about yourself” contains addressing to motorcyclists via electronic media by a video, billboards, PR activities, communication on social networks, but also activities with the members of Traffic Police Department and direct contact with two-wheeler riders to whom they will distribute helmets and promotion material.
In the following period, the Agency will organize trainings of safe ride and in that way provide possibilities for the young motorcyclists to become more confident when riding motorcycles of great power.