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Road safety: after years of murder, hope with the announcement of a new plan

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT – | The announcement of a new plan to fight road insecurity by Emmanuel Macron raises the hope of associations that hope to reverse the trend of rising mortality observed over the past three years, with more than 3,000 killed each year

The announcement of a new plan to fight against road safety by Emmanuel Macron raises the hope of associations that hope to reverse the upward trend of mortality observed over the past three years, with more than 3,000 killed each year.

The president of the League against road violence, Chantal Perrichon, does not hide her satisfaction: the issue of road safety “had not been addressed during the presidential campaign,” she said hoping to finish with the “disaster that we have suffered for five years”.

In 2016, road deaths increased for the third consecutive year (3,477 deaths) after 12 years of decline, a first since 1972, far short of the target set in 2012 by the government to pass under the 2,000 dead in 2020 .

Acknowledging figures that “are not good”, Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday before the prefects the presentation in October of a new road safety plan. France is one of the European Union countries with the highest number of deaths in road accidents.

According to the road map of Interior Minister Gérard Collomb, which AFP has known, the government wants to “strengthen the quality of the system of sanctions”. In particular, video-verbalization (camera verbalization), kits for detecting the use of narcotics, “recasting the radars strategy using decoys” and the privatization of radar controls are mentioned.

Other avenues are mentioned, such as a reflection on the rules of limitation of speed or the legislation concerning autonomous cars (without human intervention).

An interdepartmental road safety committee (IRB) must meet before the end of the year.

Solicited by AFP, the delegation to road safety and trafficking did not wish to comment.

– High-tech road safety –

Following these announcements, the President of the League against Road Violence hopes above all the implementation of the reduction to 80 km / h on certain two-way roads where speed is now set at 90 km / h. “That would be a very strong sign of political will.” She would also like “the judges to rule on the implementation of anti-start-up breathalyzer tests and the prohibition of radar warning devices (Coyote type)”.

Pierre Chasseray, of the association 40 million motorists, judges him that “all that is privatization of radars, prohibition decrees on Coyote, it is tacky”. He recalled that no less than “81 measures have been implemented over the past two years. We do not need any measures, we need to switch to another model of road safety,” he said.

He advocates for investments “in innovative technologies, create road safety 2.0, which saves lives”.

Anne Lavaud, general delegate of the association Prévention routière, claims the right to disconnection during professional journeys to avoid the use of the telephone while driving and denounces “lack of pedagogy” in “automation and industrialization sanctions “.

“The generation of 20-30 year olds is less sensitive to orders because it was not marked by the measures that dropped 8,000 to 4,000 the number of road deaths after 2002,” Judge on his side Jacques Robin, expert in accidentology.

In 2002, Jacques Chirac set the fight against road insecurity as a “great national cause” with a key measure: the installation of automatic radars. The result: between 2002 and 2003, the number of road fatalities decreased by 21%, from 7,242 to 5,731.

According to Mr. Robin, “distractors – mobile phones, increasingly numerous LEDs on dashboards, applications like Waze, popular GPS in France – oblige to leave the road of the eyes for three seconds.Frontal collisions have skyrocketed since two or three years “.

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