A new Fundación MAPFRE study: increasing traffic surveillance on the roads would reduce fatal accidents by more than 5%
Could the number of fatal traffic accident victims be reduced by an increase in traffic surveillance? Fundación MAPFRE presents the study 'The contribution to road safety of monitoring compliance with traffic regulations', which reveals that increased surveillance could reduce fatal accidents by around 5%. In fact, between 2006 and 2015 this kind of monitoring reduced the number of deaths on the roads by 510 people.
This study, whose objective is to analyze and understand the impact that monitoring compliance with traffic regulations has on road safety and the reduction of fatal accidents on Spanish roads, was presented today at an event attended by Benito Salcedo, Major General and Head of the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil; Jesús Monclús, Head of Accident Prevention and Road Safety at Fundación MAPFRE; Julio Domingo Souto, Managing Director of Fundación MAPFRE and José Ignacio Castillo-Manzano, the principal researcher for the study from the University of Seville.
The main conclusion of the study confirms that greater monitoring, especially by employing human resources, does indeed make a relevant contribution to reducing the number of fatal traffic accident victims and traffic regulations infringements. In fact, an increase of 10% in the number of police officers or vehicles could reduce the number of victims by 5.3% in just one year.
The study, produced by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with the University of Seville and the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil, analyzes some of the variables that affect road deaths and those related to police monitoring between 2006 and 2015. The analysis indicates that the number lives saved over the period as a result of this surveillance was equivalent to 510 people.
With an eye to the future, it is very important to bear in mind that if there is a new increase in surveillance, returning to the average levels over the period 2005-2015, another 596 deaths on the road could be avoided thanks to the work of the police.
In this respect, an increase of 10% in the number of radar speed checks deployed by the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil would leads to a 4% decrease in fatal victims. The importance of reporting infringements was also stressed. An increase of 10% in the number of police reports reduces the number of fatal victims by between 1% and 2%.
During the event Jesús Monclús, Head of Accident Prevention and Road Safety for Fundación MAPFRE, highlighted that "the investment in monitoring compliance with traffic regulations brings its rewards". As shown by the study, increased control brings with it a significant reduction in the fatal victims of traffic accidents and breaches of the regulations. Jesús Monclús went on to stress that “the objective is to educate to the point where dissuasion is no longer necessary".
In Jesús Monclús' own words, “this study shows that the action of monitoring compliance with traffic regulations is effective, saves many lives and, above all, will continue to do so in the future”.
Increased road surveillance can contribute to reducing road accidents but we all need to work together to achieve 'Goal Zero' fatal traffic accident victims. Together we can achieve it!
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