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The meeting was held in the videoconference mode.
The event, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, was attended by First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General of Police Alexander Gorovoy, Head of the State Traffic Safety Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Police Lieutenant General Mikhail Chernikov, Governor of the Bryansk Region Alexander Bogomaz, as well as representatives of federal and regional state bodies. authorities, public organizations, expert community.
Opening the meeting, Marat Khusnullin noted that the death rate in road accidents is a key indicator from the May decrees of the head of state. “In 2020, the number of road accidents decreased by 16%, and the number of fatalities decreased by 7% compared to 2019. We also see positive dynamics compared to the same period last year and in the first quarter of this year. This is an indicator of systematic work in this direction, I ask the Ministry of Internal Affairs to continue this work, ”said the Deputy Prime Minister.
One of the main issues of the meeting was the safety of pedestrians, – this issue was considered on the example of the Bryansk region, where a pilot project is currently being implemented, which provides for the use of the capabilities of executive authorities of various levels – owners of federal, regional and local roads, educational authorities and interaction with Mass media, departments of the State traffic inspectorate.
Within the framework of the project in the Bryansk region, in particular, innovative devices are being tested to improve the safety of pedestrians. Among them – a projection pedestrian crossing, which forms the appropriate markings on the road with the help of light, or a “sheriff-beam” device that simulates the operation of the light signal installation of a traffic police patrol car at night and forms the “effect of presence” of traffic police officers among road users.
Comprehensive work, accompanied by broad advocacy support, has yielded results. At the end of the first quarter of 2021, a significant decrease in accidents involving pedestrians was noted in the Bryansk region: the total number of such accidents in the region decreased by 64% compared to last year, the number of deaths – by 73.7% and injured – by 61.6%.
Another topic of the meeting of the commission was the prevention of driving in a state of intoxication. In recent years, the legislative and executive authorities have taken consistent measures to prevent such illegal actions of road users, the responsibility has been significantly toughened.
The head of the State Traffic Inspectorate Mikhail Chernikov, in his speech on this issue, noted that over the past few years, the practice of mass checks of drivers has been successfully applied. Their main task is to isolate a driver with signs of alcohol or drug intoxication from the traffic flow before an accident occurs. At the same time, the main effect is achieved due to the deterrent factor, which is ensured by openness and early informing the public about the planned inspections.
Last year, more than 40 thousand mass checks were carried out in the regions, during which more than 45 thousand drunk drivers were identified. In total, in 2020, more than 550 thousand facts of driving by drivers in a state of intoxication and those who refused to undergo a medical examination were suppressed, of which 68 thousand were attributed to criminal jurisdiction.
It is noted that counteraction to drunk drivers is finding increasing support among civil society. Public activists on a voluntary basis provide assistance to the traffic police when performing service, carrying out preventive measures, as well as patrolling places of mass recreation of citizens in order to identify drivers driving vehicles with signs of intoxication.
In total, in the course of processing the information received from the population at the end of 2020, more than 361 thousand traffic violations were suppressed, of which about 28 thousand drivers were detained for driving with signs of intoxication, that is, every 20th of all identified drivers with signs of intoxication.
During the meeting, it was decided to implement a pilot project in the Nizhny Novgorod region, which can later be scaled up to the whole country. Marat Khusnullin instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Health, together with the region, to develop a list of measures to reduce mortality in road accidents that occurred due to the fault of drunk drivers,
Separately, during the meeting of the commission, the problems of reducing mortality in road accidents committed by the fault of drivers who left on the oncoming traffic were considered. This remains one of the most significant factors affecting road safety. Almost a quarter of deaths in road accidents are associated with leaving the lane intended for oncoming traffic.
Currently, road barriers, guiding devices, signal posts, reflective elements, dividing and noise strips, traffic lights, road markings, road signs are being equipped. Experimental methods are also used – duplication of markings in the area of action of “No overtaking” signs, horizontal road markings of yellow color and guide devices made of composite materials to separate traffic flows in opposite directions.
On behalf of Marat Khusnullin, the Kaluga Region will become a pilot region to reduce mortality in road accidents associated with driving into the oncoming traffic lane.
In conclusion, Marat Khusnullin drew attention to the regions in which the death rates on the roads are growing, and instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs to investigate the reasons in the headquarters mode.
“This work needs to be done, we need to reduce the indicators of social risk – this is a matter of the lives of our citizens. I ask all heads of regions to monitor the situation with road safety, in the summer we will bring this issue to a meeting of the regional development committee, where we will analyze the results of work for six months, ”said the Deputy Prime Minister.
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