Volunteers encouraged to prevent road accidents

ABU DHABI — The International Organisation for the Prevention of Road Accidents (PRI) called for encouraging volunteers to join civil associations to prevent road accidents and provide them with the requisite qualification to professionally and successfully perform their tasks with regard to concepts and practices.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 29 Mar 2006, 10:10 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:35 PM

The PRI made the call during the general assembly meeting held yesterday as part of the activities of the 10th Conference for the Prevention of Road Accidents that concludes today in Abu Dhabi.

Officials said that the General Assembly had reviewed a number of auditions in preventing road accidents in Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Tunisia. These experiments will be passed on to the UAE and other countries. Ten papers were discussed yesterday in two sessions. The strategies of surveillance and legislation were discussed in the first session, while the engineering strategies were discussed in the second session. They did stress the importance of developing the traffic rules and regulations to decrease the escalating numbers of violations and accidents, and hence reduce human and financial damages. In the worksheet, he presented to the conference, retired Major General Mohammed Anwar Al Basoul, a Jordanian expert and legal adviser, pinpointed out that it is not enough for the traffic law to be developed; it must be applied properly as well.

Leonard Evans, the chairman of the Science Service Association, and traffic safety expert in the US, said that it was possible to cut down the damage resulting from traffic accidents by paying more attention to numerous engineering matters, which are very much essential to reduce damage in cases of collisions. Night lights and electronic signals must be enhanced as well. Dr. Alaa Al Bakry from Oman, who is an expert and professor in different universities, highlighted that the western world is just beginning to adopt bigger and faster developments in the field of technology, transport intelligent systems and other strategies and plans that enhance traffic safety.

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