Antigua and Barbuda Recognized for Road Safety Campaigns

Despite the nation recording three road fatalities over the summer vacation, Antigua and Barbuda has been recognized for its road safety campaign programs.

The Antigua & Barbuda Road Safety Group in January launched its annual Zero Road Fatality campaign in the hope of keeping road deaths at zero for as many months as possible.

The campaign was recognized President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile(FIA), Jean Todt paid a courtesy visit President of the Antigua & Barbuda Road Safety Group, Alice Ho-Tack commending her for her efforts.

According to a release from the road safety group Todt said he is amazed a little country like Antigua & Barbuda could make such a significant impact on the world with our Road Safety campaigns adding that VISION ZERO campaign should be used as an example of best practice for the Caribbean Region.

The FIA President however raised concerns over the safety standards of the racing track and declared that it will be counter- productive if an accident occurs on the track due to the failure of safety measures.

He recommended synergies among the government and the private sector to work with the Road Safety group to develop a national plan and update our laws and legislation to meet the UN mandate for road safety, which was established in May 2011.

He also extended a special invitation to the next high level meeting in Geneva for road safety and enquired why a representative from Antigua and Barbuda was not present at the last year high level meeting in Brazil, suggesting that increased effort should be made to drive this important agenda.

Through the efforts of road safety zero campaign the group accomplished six months of zero road fatalities, after coming off a record high of 13 road deaths last year.
Their goal of the decade is to reduce road fatalities by 50%.

News Reporter

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