Road safety is a shared societal responsibility. Over the years, car manufacturers have invested heavily in making the cars we drive safer. Together with investments in road infrastructure and driver education, roads are today much safer than before. However, there is always room for improvement.
ACIM is active in the realm of road safety. It seeks to educate consumers on safety issues; committed to educating drivers and continues to lobby in favour of road infrastructure investments. We believe that there are three facets to road safety.
The quality of roads is a vital element of road safety. The various investments made, especially in the Ten-T network and other roads in Malta have contributed immensely to enhancing road safety. Further investments in road surfaces, road design and intelligent traffic management systems will further contribute to road safety.
Many of today’s vehicles are fitted with passive safety systems to protect drivers and passengers should an accident occur as well as active safety technology that prevent accidents from happening. Systems such as pre-tensioned seat-belts, seat-belt warning systems, airbags and energy-absorbing crumple zones have all improved car safety through passive systems. In addition, active safety systems such as the Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems are also helping to prevent accidents.
Most accidents are the result of human error or negligence. Driver and pedestrian responsibility are areas that can still be improved through educational campaigns and tougher enforcement. ACIM welcomes the recent changes to legislation that have increased traffic fines for drunk-driving and use of mobile phones during driving. Pedestrians and cyclists also have their own responsibilities towards drivers. ACIM believes that there several factors that can reduce road accidents and calls on the authorities to introduce educational campaigns that focus on:
- Appropriate driving behaviour
- Having appropriate safety equipment
- Not driving or walking in roads under the influence of alcohol or substances
- Wearing of visibility equipment especially in the evening by pedestrians and cyclists