Lithuania aims for ambitious goals in road safety

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2018 03 06

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Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis presented an ambitious strategy for safe traffic in Lithuania by 2030, called ­“Vision 0”. The priorities of this strategy are a safer behavior of traffic participants, safer roads and streets, safer vehicles and more effective help upon the occurrence of traffic incidents.

‘During the period of its Independence, Lithuania has made significant progress in improving road safety and is now among the leaders in the European Union in terms of the decrease in the number of road deaths. We will consistently seek to achieve the target set by the EU – a two-fold reduction of road deaths by 2030’, said Minister Masiulis. State institutions, education and business representatives and all the residents of the country are encouraged to join their efforts to reach the set goal. 

According to research, around 90 percent of the painful road accidents occur due to the fault of the traffic participants themselves. Around 65 percent of all the drivers exceed the speed limits. 45 percent of the drivers talk on a mobile phone without a hands-free device, around 2–3 percent drive under the influence of alcohol. 43 percent of the pedestrians do not use or improperly use light reflectors. 45 percent of the passengers do not wear safety belts in the back of a car. The Vision 0 strategy involves various solutions for precisely such issues.

‘One of the most important priorities of this strategy is safer behavior of traffic participants. In order to prevent painful events on the roads we must pursue a better driving culture and more cautious pedestrian behavior ’, said Mr Masiulis.

According to the Minister of Transport and Communications, the key to success in reducing the number of victims on the roads is an active safe traffic education, safe road and street infrastructure, safe vehicles and closer collaboration between everyone in seeking the common goal – safe traffic on the country’s roads and streets.

The targets by 2030 are to reduce the number of occurrences of exceeding the speed limit by 20 percent, the occurrences of talking on mobile phones and not wearing safety belts in the back of a car – by 40 percent, the occurrences of not using or improperly using reflectors – by 25 percent.