Cesta k automobilové bezpečnosti

TOKIO – Automobil – odedávna symbol svobody, postavení a úspěchu – stojí na rozcestí. Už déle než sto let umožňují automobily miliardám lidí cestovat dál, rychleji a efektivněji než kdykoliv dříve. Pomáhají táhnout velké světové ekonomiky a utvářejí naši moderní společenskou a kulturní krajinu. To vše si však vybírá daň: mimo jiné nehody, zácpy, znečištění či nepříjemnou závislost na ropě.

Naším úkolem je proto zvýšit přínosy a snížit (a nakonec eliminovat) škody, které naše automobily páchají, aby byla budoucnost motorové dopravy čistá, efektivní, bezpečná a dostupná všem. Má-li náš sektor zůstat nástrojem pokroku, musíme úzce spolupracovat s kolegy z jiných oborů a s vládou, a to ve třech hlavních oblastech: bezpečnosti, životním prostředí a dostupnosti.

Bezpečnost silnic je vážným problémem. Každý den zahyne při nehodách souvisejících s automobilovou dopravou přes 3000 lidí. V zemích s nižšími příjmy jezdí jen polovina všech světových vozidel, ale dochází zde k více než 90% smrtelných nehod. Indie má čtyřikrát méně automobilů než Francie, avšak na tamních silnicích dojde k dvacetinásobně vyššímu počtu smrtelných nehod – to znamená osmdesátkrát více úmrtí na jeden automobil.

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