Cabinet to consider issue of road traffic safety at next meeting

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July 21, 2012, 12:44 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine


The Cabinet of Ministers at its next meeting will discuss the issue of road traffic safety, Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said.

"We will hold a meeting in the nearest future, hear all organizations responsible for road traffic safety and define who will be responsible for that," he said at a meeting with representatives of public organizations on road traffic safety in Kyiv on Friday.

The prime minister said that to hold such a meeting it is necessary to create an ad hoc group consisting of the representatives of such public organizations.

Having heard proposals of public figures on how to change the situation related to an excessive accident rate on roads, Azarov noted that the measures proposed are quite accessible for the government. In particular, he expressed opinion that it is reasonable to establish an organization in Ukraine, which would be responsible for road traffic safety.

"Are we are capable of compiling a list of the most dangerous places in Ukraine, which are already marked with headstones, wreaths? We are able to allocate funds to make these road sections safer," said Azarov.

The premier agreed with the opinion on the need to analyze the state of road signs, which, according to drivers, do not always correspond to their purpose.

According to the World Health Organization, the death rate from road accidents in the world will climb from the 9th to 5th position by 2030.

In Ukraine, the death rate from road accidents is 12 per 100,000 people, while in Sweden and Norway the figure is 4-5 persons.

In addition, Ukraine annually loses over $5 billion from road accidents. These data were voiced at the meeting of the prime minister with the representatives of public organizations on road traffic safety.

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Charles Spencer July 21, 2012, 1:56 p.m.    

I hope all these people in this so called cabinet meeting, will give all drivers in the city of GORLOVKA .... driving lessons in how to avoid pot holes in the road training. This is city, is near to the presidents home city....but which he badly ignores.

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from eu July 21, 2012, 8:07 p.m.    

the best solution is to remove gai from the roads,every 3 kilometers there is a gai patrol that is not there for the safety of the drivers,gai is only ineterested to have black money from the drivers,so the state don't receive any money from gai fines,and all over the world when there is a danger on the road you advice milizia or gai,a lot of time i said to gai there is a dangerous hole on the street,put a sign over because in the evening some drivers can have an accident,the answer from gai is not our problem......i was very disappointed saying you are road police and don't give a dam to the dangers of the roads? maybe i have to advise my mother in eu?so first gai must work for the safety of the drivers and not only taking black money from the drivers,if i enter with the car in a road hole th eu the town hall pay damages, instead in ukraine who is going to pay the damages???????

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