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The Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha invites all citizens of the region to join in a pact for Road Safety

Come down for the third consecutive year the number of accidents on the roads of Castilla-La Mancha

The project is developed in collaboration with the Spanish Road Association and the Institute of Road Safety Mapfre

Madrid, June 19 2003.- According to the Traffic Department, the number of accidents in all the roads of Castilla-La Mancha has decreased for the third consecutive year. Of the 292 2000 casualties it should have been passed in 255 2002. In parallel, it has reduced the number of fatalities, passing over the same period of 338 307 to.

This positive evolution of the accident has not been an obstacle to the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha further intensify actions on road safety has been developing since the early 90. To this end, in collaboration with the Spanish Road Association (AEC) and Mapfre Road Safety Institute, and with the slogan "In Castilla-La Mancha, we want to go unless", is developing a Comprehensive Plan for Road Safety, which purpose is simply to get the numbers of accidents in the region continue to decline as before.

That the measures taken by the Plan conform as much as possible to the real security needs, the Board considers it essential to have the opinion of all the Castilian-La Mancha, are drivers or not. Therefore, and this is one of the main innovations of the project before the final wording is being carried out an extensive survey in order to gather their views on various aspects of security and the road: what the shortcomings are that detect, how they can improve, what are the problems that most concern are, etc.

In addition, the Board is essential for the participation of citizens to the extent that they are road users and can contribute their responsibility to reduce accidents attitude. It is estimated that 86% of accidents that occur in the regional network of Castilla-La Mancha are the result of failures in the conduct by the user. Of these, 25% is directly caused by distraction, fatigue, sleep or illness. Another high percentage stems from an inappropriate speed, not respecting the priority or not keep the safety distance.

To obtain the views of citizens, it is conducting a series of targeted, on the one hand, students of secondary school, and secondly, to adult surveys.

Both types of company have been distributed to more than two hundred colleges and institutes of Secondary Education Castilla-La Mancha, so that his students filled in the center and bring home the adult so that parents fill.

The desire to instill in younger responsibility of driving has also led the Board to convene, within the framework of this Road Safety Plan and coinciding with the start of the new school year, a competition among primary school students . It is designing a traffic signal that alerts the proximity of schools and, therefore, the massive presence of children. The winning drawing will be translated into a real signal to be placed in the vicinity of schools by the regulatory output of danger school.

The difference between them will be substantial: both in the message, to be perceived as a direct desire for children, as well as design, in which Children letters and pictograms predominate.

To encourage participation, the winner of the drawing and all his class will be awarded a trip to the Children's Center for Road Safety Mapfre in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and with a free visit to the amusement park Warner Bross .

Secondary students who are filling out the survey receive a small gift for your cooperation. Finally, all adults who filled out a questionnaire delivered in any of the Mapfre centers of Castilla-La Mancha receive as thanks for their collaboration, and while stocks, a reflective vest.

All citizens interested in the development of the survey and the Integrated Road Safety Plan of Castilla-La Mancha can track them on the website created for this purpose:

A Pact for road safety
The desire to do a project with the participation and support of the Castilian-La Mancha has led the Board to seek the express commitment of the population through a Covenant for Road Safety. In this Covenant can attach both individuals and companies, associations or related or not to the world of road any other group.

Such accession is embodied in a form to be completed and signed by the parties concerned, and which can be found on the website created for this purpose and in the last pages of the survey of adults. Participants must necessarily be over 16 years and residents in some of the towns of Castilla-La Mancha.

Meanwhile, companies and institutions show their support for the initiative to collaborate on activities carried out under the Covenant.

Parallel to the opinion poll, it will take out a technical investigation which will be studied in depth road infrastructure managed by the Community Board for the purpose of determining the applicable technical improvements from the point of view of road safety. In this regard, issues such as traffic flows, equipment, number and types of accidents are analyzed, etc.

With the data obtained in this phase of social research, to complement the information derived from technical studies and set to last about two months since its inception, the Comprehensive Road Safety Plan for Castilla-La Mancha will be developed, with performances shaped concrete initiatives and projects defined.

The Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha has been developing since 1997 a series of actions designed to reduce accidents on the highways of your competition. Since then there have been three road safety plans, and among the most significant actions, are aimed at correcting the accident concentration sections. In total, since the mid-80, it has been removed almost fifty blackheads autonomic network, for which the regional government has invested 4,8 million.

On the other hand, since there have been 1985 refurbishment in 6.620 kilometers, with more than 1.346 million euros investment. Given that the autonomous network currently has more than 7.900 kilometers, the performances have reached the 84 percent of the network.

In 2001, the total investment of the Board in the road network was in charge of over € 314 million, of which almost 94 were for maintenance of the network and the rest for the construction of new roads.

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