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FEATURE STORY

Civil Society Seeks to Stop Road Accidents


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In Argentina, there are 13.6 accidents for every 100,000 people.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New public awareness programs are developed with support of the World Bank.
  • Road accidents are the major cause of death for 15-25 year olds.
  • Civil society is one vital player in preventing accidents.

Civil society organizations from Argentina have been developing education, public awareness and communication campaigns in order to contribute to a reduction in the number of deaths and injuries due to traffic accidents.

“Despite the fact that road accidents are the major cause of death for 15-25 year olds, road safety isn’t a major concern for young people”, notes Lucila de la Serna, president of the Conscientious Driver Association: Families and Friends of the Victims of the Santa Fe Tragedy.

The MINU Civil Association is another charity which is working with secondary school through its Young People, Debating and Constructing Road Safety project, which is focused on public schools in the city of Buenos Aires and in 5 areas within Greater Buenos Aries (San Miguel, San Fernando, Almirante Brown, Florencio Varela and Quilmes).

“Through a dynamic and participatory program, such as one day pretending to be a legislator, we have managed to get young people involved in the complex reality of road safety”, commented the charity’s director Martín Galanternik.

The Foundation for Women for Equality and the Association of Mother’s in Pain have added a gender –related approach to the question of road safety. “Different studies developed in Europe, Canada, the United States, and even in Asia and Africa show that the percentage of men both as the cause and as the victim of road fatalities is significantly higher than that of women, especially between the ages of 24 and 44”, reveals Monique Altshul, president of Women for Equality.


" Despite the fact that road accidents are the major cause of death for 15-25 year olds, road safety isn’t a major concern for young people. "

Lucila de la Serna

Conscientious Driver Association: Families and Friends of the Victims of the Santa Fe Tragedy

In the last few years, road safety has become a key priority in the public agenda in Argentina, and civil society groups have once again become active in preventing road accidents.

With the creation of the National Agency for Road Safety (ANSV) in 2008, accident deaths have been reduced from 15.4 to 13.6 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the Road Observatory.

“Civil society is just one vital player and it actively collaborates with the Agency, formulating recommendations and advising upon road safety policy”, explains Felipe Rodríguez Laguens, director of the ANSV.

Thanks to the Road Safety project, which has received US$30 million from the World Bank since 2010, the ANSV has become stronger and has started an incentive fund, earmarked for provinces and municipalities which are developing innovative initiatives for road safety.

 

 

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