At the event director of nonschool institution #46 on educational work Farid Suleymanova said that in Azerbaijan 10-12% of the victims of road traffic accidents (RTA) are young children.
"High child mortality rate in road accidents demands to strengthen the process of informing children of school and preschool age about the rules of the road. We offer to celebrate the 21st of November in Azerbaijan as a day of road accident victims as it is accepted worldwide. We intend to hold the first such action on 18 September in our school. In addition, it is necessary to create a monument to victims of traffic accidents and a society of support for road accident victims and their families in order to deal with causes of such situations, enlighten the population, increase the level of behavior culture both pedestrians and motor transport drivers on the road," Suleymanova emphasized.
Aydin Khuduyev, a participant of the conference and the chairman of Sorge, a charity society on children, brought as an example neighboring Georgia where road safety seminars with participation of traffic police representatives are held monthly and suggested to organize similar seminars for drivers in Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan should establish a “Safe State” commission under the President’s Office to oversee issues relating to ensuring safety of citizens on road, solve problems of traffic jams affecting negatively psycho-emotional and physical condition of drivers of both private and itinerary transport," he stated.
Addressing to the conference Sulhaddin Gezalov, the director of Technical University’s Road Transport Department, noted that a special commission whose work aims to improve safety on road in Azerbaijan had prepared and submitted to appropriate organs the proposals reflecting population’s problems relating to road transport. In particular, among the suggestions is
removal from service the obsolete motor vehicles failing to meet road safety standards, check the level of safety in all cars imported in the country, improve road infrastructure, itinerary routes of road transport promoting to ‘unload’ some traffic directions during peak hours.
"According to the World Health Organization, half a million of people die while another 10 million people are injured in road accidents around the world every year. For three days car accident toll is the same as the one on air crashes. All that testifies of the level of globality of the problem not only in Azerbaijan but also throughout the world,” he added.
In conclusion, the head of the Baku City Main Traffic Police’s Road Safety Department, Vagif Asadov, pointed out that he backed the idea of National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims.
"Nobody has the right to put their own interests above the interests of the state and one and all must adhere to traffic regulations. I believe that it is necessary to strengthen propaganda in this direction and publish relevant information materials for children and adults in order to improve the culture of behavior on road,” he said.