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Events of Road Traffic Safety:
19th of June, 2007. Psychological Research Institute of Riga Teacher Training and educational Management Academy (RPIVA) in collaboration with Road Traffic Safety Directorate organized an international seminar „Traffic Psychology in Europe and its Possible Application for the Improvement of Traffic safety in Latvia”.
Experts from all countries admitted that the behavior of road users can be changed by the influence of road traffic safety informative campaigns, intensified enforcement as well as activities of traffic psychologists for regular violators. So there is a necessity for professional traffic psychologists. Involving them in the process of education and training of road users would add to the improvement of road traffic safety situation in Latvia. RPIVA in collaboration with foreign colleges resolved to see to establishing of such a new specialization for Latvia in its Academy.
14th of June, 2007. Road Traffic Safety Directorate, in collaboration with State Police and internet portal draugiem.lv starts road traffic safety informative anti-alcohol campaign “Bitter Songs of Midsummer festival”. Its aim is to remind the drivers about the possible consequences if driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The campaign lasted till 28th of June. The provisional data show that nobody is killed on the roads of Latvia during the Midsummer festival - on 23rd and 24th of June.
7th of June, 2007. In Brussels the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) launched its first Road Safety PIN Report on “Raising Compliance with Road Safety Law” comparing 27 European countries’ performance in road safety (http://www.etsc.be/documents/PIN_Report.pdf). The report includes rankings on the three most important aspects of road user behavior – speed, alcohol and seat belt wearing. It shows that increased compliance with road safety law has been gateway to success in those countries where road safety has improved most between 2001 and 2005. Professor Richard Allsop, Chairman of the Road Safety PIN, said: “The PIN rankings show that some countries are good in one area, others in another. Europe’s ambitious target of halving road deaths within a decade can only be reached if all countries learn from one another’s experiences.” more>>
17th of April, 2007. In Brussels was published the ranking of the Member States of the European Union, as well Norway and Switzerland, made by the European Transport Safety Council (www.etsc.be ). It looks at European countries’ progress in reducing deaths from drink driving crashes. It shows that over the last decade, progress on drink driving has contributed most to overall reductions in deaths in the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. Only about half of the 18 countries covered in this ranking have succeeded in reducing deaths from drink driving crashes. More>>
3rd of April, 2007. The Cabinet of Ministers approved "The 2007-2013 Road Traffic Safety Programme in Latvia” which is considering the policy of European Union declared in “The White Paper” (http://ec.europa.eu/transport/white_paper/index_en.htm ) – till 2010 to halve the number of killed in road accidents in comparison with 2001. The aim of the programme is to achieve the reduction of killed by 70% till 2013 in comparison with 2001. The interim goal is to reduce the number of killed by 50% till 2010. (More aiziet uz part Road Traffic Safety Programme 2007.-2013. SD_progr_2010_1a)
30th of March, 2007. The fourth scientific and practical seminar “Road Traffic Safety Problems in Riga, the Possible Solutions” took place in Riga. It was organized by Traffic and Transport Committee of Riga in collaboration with Traffic Department. There was an interchange of views in the seminar – how to integrate the quite counter interests of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and users of public transport. The main priority in Riga is traffic safety and improvement of public transport only then followed by transport mobility.
9th of March, 2007. The amendments in Codex of Administrative Penalties entered into force that increase fines for speeding, for not using of a seat belt or helmet, violation of traffic rules for carrying the passengers, as well as for using a car with tinted windscreen and front side windows. The fines are also increased for pedestrians for violation of Traffic regulations, as well as the maximum permitted blood alcohol content for cyclists and riders of moped is reduced from 1,0 mg/ml to 0,5 mg/ml. ( http://www.csdd.lv/?pageID=1173355574 ).
8th of March, 2007. The Road Traffic Safety Directorate published the final data of road safety indicates ( http://www.csdd.lv/?pageID=1099058786 ) . There were registered 407 killed in the road accidents in 2006. It is the least rate since 1970 when the collection of statistics started in Latvia. The number of injury accidents and injured persons has also decreased.
22nd of February, 2007.
21st of February, 2007.The extraordinary meeting of Road Traffic Safety Council of Latvia was called because the number of killed in January, 2007 increased approximately by 71% from 28 (2006) to 48 (2007). From all killed - 35 were pedestrians. The Minister of Transport expressed his point of view that the main solution is to change the attitude of road users towards safe behavior in road traffic. This can be done with the help of spreading of information and awareness raising campaigns, with increasing of fines and control for violation of Traffic regulations. The improvement of infrastructure aimed to safety of vulnerable road users must also be carried out. More>>http://www.sam.gov.lv/?cat=8&art_id=632
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