The sixth Ibero-American Road Safety Congress (Cisev) began today in Peru, where about 3,000 people die each year from traffic accidents, the vast majority in urban areas, according to the Peruvian Vice Minister of Transportation, Carlos Estremadoyro, during its inauguration.
Estremadoyro also indicated that the number of traffic accidents amounts to 88,000 per year and affects some 55,000 people, including the dead and the injured.
The congress, held in Lima, is organized by the Ibero-American Road Institute (IVIA) and the Latin American Institute of Road Research and Studies (ILIEV) and will continue until Thursday, under the theme "Solutions for sustainable roads and cities "
The president of the IVIA, Jacobo Díaz, warned that the region is on the verge of losing a decade in advances in the matter that allow to reduce the statistics of mortality and siniestralidad, that continue without lowering from 2010.
For its part, the president of the ILIEV, Jorge Lazarte, asked to end informality on the roads, which in the case of Peru must begin by demanding an examination to obtain a driver's license and thus end with "the mafia" still in place. that procedure.
The Minister of Public Works of the Government of Spain, José Luis Ábalos, the Minister of the Interior of Peru, Mauro Medina, and the director of the World Bank (WB) for the Andean countries (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), Alberto Rodríguez.
Rodriguez warned that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people between 14 and 24 years of age worldwide and had an impact on the costs for governments not only medical treatment of the victims but also the reduction of their productivity, Inter alia.
Also, Ábalos explained that "it does not conceive mobility without security or as a risk to the lives of people" and, therefore, has requested a study of the road infrastructure of Spain to analyze its conditions.
"We are going to make an inventory of the state of the security of our infrastructures and transport," said Abalos, who highlighted the notable reduction in road accidents in Spain to be one of the countries with the lowest statistics in Europe.
The Spanish minister stressed the importance of joining forces between all administrations and related sectors to increase road safety.
Ábalos recalled the different milestones that Spain has experienced during the last decade and that have influenced the decline in fatal accidents, such as the improvement and maintenance of the road network, the establishment of the card by points and legislative reforms that have included crimes on road safety in the Criminal Code.
The owner of the Development Portfolio acknowledged that, despite these improvements, the road accident figures begin to show signs of stagnation, so he warned that you should not lower your guard.