The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the framework of the development of the road infrastructure within the country, expansion of the country's logistical capabilities and enhancement of traffic culture initiates the process of implementation of a comprehensive action plan on improvement of the traffic safety in Ukraine, which contains plans for the construction of 500 new traffic circles, 500 island sites and 1000 crosswalks. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announced at a topical meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the State Agency of Motor Roads.
The Head of Government stressed that traffic safety requires increased attention. The quality of the roadbed is increasing, but the statistics of speeding violation and that of other traffic rules is demonstrating a growing trend. Only in recent years more than 15 thousand people have been killed in traffic accidents in Ukraine. "This year we have rather ambitious plans to prolong road construction activities, but if we look at statistics of road fatalities... This suggests that we must fight (with breakers of road rules) not only through fines, but also through creating a system of traffic safety," said Volodymyr Groysman.
He explained that the program for shaping such a system had already been developed and was designed for three years. Highway network design, construction, putting into operation from now on should account for the security requirements, assures the Prime Minister. "When we make good roads and the speed of drivers exceeds that of planes, a disaster occurs. However, there is a thousand and one way to ensure road safety. Traffic security is number one issue."
In this context, the Head of Government proposed to set up a special Coordinating Council for traffic safety at the level of the Government and to prepare as soon as possible legislative initiatives and draft Government decisions that will form the normative basis of the traffic safety system within the country.
"I commission the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers to submit to the next meeting of the Government an issue of establishing a Coordinating Council under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister. I consider that members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ukravtodor should join this Council as well," the Head of Government urged.