1 Preventing road crash injuries involving children Experience of Slovenia Robert Štaba, AMZS Road Safety Comission Secretary SOL Road Safety Conference - Budapest 2011
2 SLOVENIA 2 million people Capital Ljubljana 2008 president of EU 1.2 million vehicles 1.1 million drivers km roads km state roads 580 km high way 2007=146 deaths/mio. 2010=69 deaths/mio.
3 Road Safety in Europe and Slovenia Road deaths per million population: comparison between 2001 and 2007
4 Slovenia in progress...
5 Road Safety for children in Europe and Slovenia
6 A change doesn t t happen by itself!
7 Road safety management Safe infrastructure Safe vehicles Safe road users Post crash care NATIONAL RS PROGRAMME LEGISLATION ROAD SAFETY AGENCY IMPROVED LAND USE POLICIES PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST FACILITIES EURONCAP EU NORMS AND STANDARDS EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE VICTIM REHABILITATION TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ENFORCEMENT URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE ANALAYSE, MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF MEASURES SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS
8 state National programmes support child safety 1.Operational programme names child injury prevention as a concrete area 2.Responsible agencies named - Road safety agency, Ministry of education and sport, Ministry of interior, Ministry of transport, local communities 3.Legislation to protect children from road crashes 4.Interventions - in-school, police, infrastructure 5.Other stakeholders involved in programme delivery- NGOs, private sector, media
9 From words to actions... Statistical data Other data and information sources Results of previous actions Municipality Media Schools Kindergardens Members
10 Child and youth road crash injury trends
11 Year All death Death pedestrians % of death pedestrians Key message: Pedestrian fatalities increased slightly since % % % %
12 Key message: Pedestrian fatalities increased mainly among older road users (above 55 yrs) Child and youth fatalities remained stable/decreased Age group Deaths to to to to to to to to above
13 Key message: Injury incidents are decreasing among all age groups but remain a concern Age group Injuries to to to to to to to to above
14 Key message: High percentage of crashes in built up areas We must focus efforts on improving urban infrastructure Investment is needed (round abouts, improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities, etc) Year In build up area Outside build up area % of acc. in build up area % of acc. outside build up area % 12% % 12% % 10% % 11%
15 Statistics: Children age 0 7 years Key message: High level of child restraint usage? What is the problem? ask the parents! Participant No injuries Severe injuries Minor injuries Death Passenger Pedestrian Cyclist Other
16 Statistics: Children age 0 7 years Key message: We must work more with parents and drivers Caused an accident Year Yes No % 92% % 86% % 89% % 86% % 85%
17 Statistics: Children age 0 7 years Key message: Child injury crashes are mainly in built up areas We must focus more on involving municipalities in prevention efforts Road type Number of accidents % Roads in built up area % Local road % Main roads % Regional roads % Motorway 113 8%
18 Statistics: Children age 0 7 years Key message: We must increase efforts on all fronts: education in school communities, infrastructure, enforcement... Cause Number of accidents % Pedestrians' mistakes 65 33% Other 50 26% Ignoring rules of priority 24 12% Vehicle movements 24 12% Driving in the wrong direction 19 10%
19 Statistics: Youngsters age 8 14 years Key message: We must work more with parents and drivers Year Caused an accident Yes No % 73% % 73% % 75% % 70% % 71%
20 Child and youth road crash injury prevention measures
21 VISIBILITY An example of preparation and implementation of preventive campaign Be careful, be seen! The number of deaths among pedestrians by month and part of the day DAY NIGHT 10 0 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC The accident data analyses have shown that pedestrians are particularly at risk during autumn and winter months with darkness occupying the major part of the day and causing as much as 70 percent of these accidents. For this very reason, good visibility of pedestrians and their cautious and correct conduct are of major importance.
22 Be careful, be seen! Programme Objective: reduce road crash incidents of children and elderly by increasing their visibility in the dark reflective materials letters CHILDREN SCHOOL PARENTS LOCAL COUNCILS SLOVENIAN ROAD SAFETY AGENCY Reflective materials GRANDPARENTS postcards
23 Example materials - Be careful, be seen! Posters Letters Postcards Flyers TV movies Reflective bodies, stickers Campaign links work of agency, police, local councils, schools and other partners and has not only a rational message but also big emotional effect on children and their grandparents.
24 Results: 93% schools are participating in the project children, teachers and grandparents are directly involved indirectly parents and pedestrians are informed Total: people every year We have received postcards, 20,5 % correct response from 93% schools. 50 the most sucessful classes and elderly received reflective bands.
25 Preventional and educational NGO programmes
26 Infrastructure measures
27 FIA Euro Test pedestrian crossing in communities
28 EuroRAP Same result different solution PTI traffic safety analysis Risk Rating Star Rating
29 Diferrent project same goal -EuroRAP Road G2-106 Infrastructure Traffic Safety analysis Drivers behaviour study Specific road accident study Road victim story Media support Study results presented to authorities Euro RAP study put local problem on global level
30 EuroRAP Same result different solution EuroRAP used as internationally recognised approach Public and political support Expert support and respect EuroRAP involved in traffic safety management on national and local level Road G2-106 to be reconstructed
31 EuroRAP Suggested solution
32 Zavod Varna pot (Save Journey Institute Civil, non-profit, humanitarian, non-political organization. Established by road traffic victims and their families, experts from different fields, members and sympathizers, who all together help form an organization who s s prime goal is to make Slovenia s s roads safe.
33 Where is the will there is the way! It is a consequence of mind, decision and responsibility of an individual and consequently of the whole society! Thank you for your attention!
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