Thursday, 12. 5. 2011

A decade to improve traffic safety on the roads

The Decade of Action for Road Safety, proclaimed by the UN at the initiative of the FIA international automobile association and other organisations is underway.

In March 2010 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution under which the decade 2011 – 2020 was declared the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The basic goal of the campaign is to stabilise the number of victims of traffic accidents and then reduce the number by half. This is to be achieved by increased activities to be carried out at national, regional and also global levels.

The initiative had its origins in 2006, when the FIA foundation, an independent charitable organisation, of which Slovenia's AMZS is a member, began its 'Make Roads Safe' campaign, which is supported by over a million people worldwide. This was followed by the first ministerial conference in Moscow in November 2009, where the Moscow Declaration in support of the 'Decade' was adopted which urged the UN to adopt the aforementioned resolution.

Thus it was that on Wednesday 11 May 2011 in the Red Hall at Ljubljana City Hall, President of Slovenia Danilo Türk, Interior Minister Katarina Kresal, Transport Minister Dr Patrick Vlačič, Health Minister Dorijan Marušič, Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković, AMZS President Dr Danijel Starman, Director of AVP, the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency Ljubo Zajc, Secretary of ZŠAM Slovenia (the Union of Associations of Drivers and Vehicle Mechanics of Slovenia) Dejan Vidic and Robert Štaba, President of the Safe Journey Institute signed the solemn covenant on 'the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020'.

Simultaneously throughout the day on Wednesday 11 May 2011 in Prešeren Square and Stritarjeva Street in central Ljubljana a range of activities took place on the theme of traffic safety.