Since last May, almost 80 signatories have joined the European Road Safety Charter at the presentations events held in London, Budapest and Tallin. 73 companies, associations and non-governmental organisations signed new commitments to help save lives on the European roads, while 5 signatories renewed their commitments.
At the Charter presentation in London, Mr Paul Clark MP, the UK’s Minister for Road Safety echoed the British government’s support for the Charter and also revealed the good news that the UK has already achieved its 2010 target on reducing deaths and serious injuries.
“These latest statistics show we are continuing to make excellent progress towards our stated long-term goal of making Britain’s roads the safest in the world. They also mean that we have achieved our 2010 target on reducing deaths and serious injuries two years early.” Mr Clark said. In Budapest, Dr. Lajos Csepi, State of Secretary for Transport, and Hungarian Minister of Transport, Telecommunication and Energy reiterated the need to enhance and extend existing programmes and measures, particularly concerning speeding, drunk driving, seatbelts and safer roads. Dr. András Turi, State Secretary for Law Enforcement, Hungarian Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement highlighted the positive evolution of road safety in Hungary during 2008, describing it as “The long-awaited year of success", but called for continued work in order to further improve safety on the nation’s roads. In Tallin, 31 Estonian and 1 Lituanian stakeholders committed to the Charter. This number is particularly significant as Estonia is a relatively small nation of approximately 1,4 million inhabitants. Over 110 participants attended this event, demonstrating the country’s growing interest and involvement in improving road safety. Mr Juhan Parts, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, addressed road safety priorities in Estonia, emphasizing the latest enhancements to Estonia’s National Traffic Safety Programme 2003 – 2015. 2008 was the sixth year when road safety actions were organized within the National Traffic Safety Programme. The main goal of this is to reduce fatalities by 2015 in order to reach the point where the number is lower than 100 a year (a 10 - 15 times decrease). Take a look at the press releases: Estonia, Hungary, United Kingdom