Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan, a lawmaker, Chairperson of the subcommittee on road traffic safety of Transport Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ihor Didenko, Eric Hoyrup, the Project Leader "Modernization and Safety Improvements of the Road Network in Ukraine”, István Heinczinger, Executive Manager of the European Investment Bank and Ramona Lupu, Road Safety Campaign and Communications Expert presented a social road safety campaign with a focus on speed control "Do not drive too fast, Ukraine!".
The Minister of Infrastructure informed that the campaign will be held in Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky, Kherson regions and in Kyiv and Odesa.
"The Ministry of Infrastructure in synergy with the European partners has shaped National Transport Strategy up to 2030. One of the key points of this strategy is to reduce mortality and road accidents to zero by 2030 year. We are also implementing the Strategy for Enhancing the Level of Road Safety in Ukraine by 2020. This program is funded by the Road Fund. This year, a sum worth UAH 1.6 billion will be allocated to road safety, UAH 2.5 billion will be disbursed in 2019, and UAH 3.4 billion - in 2020. At the same time, we want to draw the attention of road users to the problem of speeding up. Indeed, speed is one of the main risk factors that triggers the increase in the number of fatal traffic accidents. People should know that speeding has consequences for everyone - drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. Life of people in their own hands", Volodymyr Omelyan claimed.
"We call on citizens to focus and reduce speed, because speed kills. Today we urge Ukrainians to slow down on our roads. I thank our European partners for helping us to develop and implement this campaign", the Minister emphasized.
A lawmaker, Chairperson of the subcommittee on road traffic safety of Transport Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ihor Didenko stressed: "We have twofocus areas. The first is a project that is starting today, and the second is the launch of a state road safety program. Together with our European partners and the Ministry of Infrastructure we have created a state program and a three-year action plan. We understand that the highest value is to preserve people's lives. State program envisages 40% funding for pedestrian crossings, island sites and automatic photofixation", he said.