Gerardo Barrios, Director of UNASEV (National Road Safety Security Unit) says "traffic accidents are the worst epidemic in Uruguay”.
Numbers seem to prove it: with 23 deaths per 100,000 people, Uruguay has the worst rate in the region, four times higher than in European countries. Traffic accidents have increased rapidly and are the first cause of death among young people.
In order to fight this problem, a working lunch took place in Montevideo on May 7, to exchange South-South ideas about road safety.
Felipe Rodríguez Laguens, Director of the National Road Safety of Argentina, and Corina Puppo, Director of the National Road Safety Observatory of Argentina, shared the lessons learned and successful measures that achieved significant results in Argentina. Veronica Raffo, Program Coordinator for the World Bank in Argentina, promoted this exchange.