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ASTM-SIAS Group and Europe. Which contribution to the European road safety objective?

Written by Roberto Arditi, Paola Mainardi, Piera Poma – SINA

In 2001 the European Commission published the White paper on transports (European transport policy for 2010: time to decide). With the adoption of such planning document, the European Institutions set to the Member States the strategic objective to halve by 2010 the number of casualties due to road accidents .

On the net of the ASTM / SIAS group the objective to halve the road victims had already been reached in the period between 2008 and 2009, that is about two years in advance in comparison to the term given by the European Institutions.

The 2010 balance is particularly favourable. In fact the final value is less than a third of the value in 2001. It has changed from 83 deadly events in 2001 to 27 events in 2010 with a 67,5% clean reduction in the decade, totalling a 17,5% improvement in comparison to the European objective. The percentages are even better if compared to the national average that is set around a general reduction of 44%.

The group ASTM-SIAS thanks all the users that have been driving with care and competence on our net, allowing us to reach goals that make us proud and that also stand out across the national motorway network, a network that is the only national road system in line with the objective pointed out by the White Paper.

This result is even more satisfactory considering that the traffic volumes in the period notably increased, contributing to the development of both economy and society.

Mobility doesn’t develop only a vital role for the market, but also for the quality of life of those citizens that enjoy the freedom of travelling.

Besides, as it can be seen in the graph above, the curve of casualties on the network managed by ASTM-SIAS is every year, with the exception of 2007 alone, abundantly below a hypothetical expected halvening line. This has allowed to accumulate a saving of lives (in comparison to the casualties recorded in 2001), identifiable in 291 lives, 83 people more, in comparison to the case in which you as users and us as managers would have placed a limit to the basic compliance with the European objective(see graph below).

What can we expect from the future?

For the decade from 2010 to 2020, the European Institutions are asking a further effort to us managers and you users of the road: casualties must be further halved. The United Nations have appointed this period as the “decade of action for road safety.”

Us managers are already engaged in the part that competes to us and we are asking you as drivers, we are asking you reading this article, to collaborate through your behaviour to improve safety on our roads.

In fact with the increase of road safety awareness, with the improvement of road infrastructures and of vehicles, one can expect that risky behaviours will strongly emerge on the sad road statistics.

Regarding the future, considering the fairly high safety levels, the manoeuvring margins get smaller and smaller: the number of accidents on the motorway net has already decreased, a few accidents due to casual factors or due to inadequate behaviours can jeopardise a lot of work we carried out and a lot of care paid by our users.

The measures altogether and the investments undertaken for technical, technological and operating improvements, have turned out to be useful. Furthermore, the National Toll net is showing a remarkable plan of reduction of accidents even at international level.

Considering the above, the new objective proposed by the European union: to reduce by a further 50% the number of casualties by 2020, stands as rather ambitious. Nevertheless, there is a small possibility to look at and to invest on: technique/technology for us and behaviour for you as users.

The licensees have shown to have a good ability to keep up with technology, improving the network and services. Over the last few years an enormous increase in the installation of television cameras, message boards, weather stations, meteorological detectors, automatic tolls systems has been implemented. Also the implementation of innovative technological systems represents one of the support elements to the decrease of accidents.

The ASTM SIAS group licensees are at the forefront in the research and application of new and more efficient systems to improve the mobility and safety conditions along the motorway net and to optimize the management of the net. But you, you reading this article, are you ready to collaborate with us? Read and follow the recommendations for a safe drive and spread them to your loved ones and whoever you want to drive safely.