Presenting the “Safety Laboratory” at the Meeting of the Governmental Commission for Road Safety

05 September 2017

On August 31, the Governmental Commission for Road Safety held a meeting chaired by Igor Shuvalov, the First Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. The event was attended by Mikhail Chernikov, the Head of the State Motor Vehicle Inspectorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as representatives of ministries, agencies, and non-governmental organizations – members of the Commission.

Before the official part of the event, the members of the Commission were invited to visit an exhibition of significant projects in the field of road traffic safety, that is currently implemented in Russia.

In his speech, Mikhail Chernikov, the Head of the State Motor Vehicle Inspectorate, noted that the current situation around the road traffic safety reflects in many respects the work that has been done over the past five years. This activity is based on decisions taken at a meeting of the Presidium of the State Council, the government plans to reduce mortality rate, the decisions of the Commission for Road Traffic Safety, as well as the Federal Target Program.

The executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation have also changed their attitude to the problem of road traffic injuries. Thus, today all regions are implementing programs to improve road safety and, in fact, they have formed unified approaches to reducing damage to the State and society as a result of road traffic accidents.

For example, currently, pursuant to the President’s instructions, the State Motor Vehicle Inspectorate of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Russian Association of Motor Insurers and the “Risk-Free Road Traffic” Expert Center have developed a large-scale program on the establishment of centers for the prevention of children road traffic injuries – “Safety Laboratory”. It provides for the full involvement of children in the process of understanding the risks on the road and education of responsible citizens who comply with traffic laws, having a culture of behavior in the transport environment.

The training program includes several stages: for children accompanied by adults, for unaccompanied minors, and for future drivers. There are separately provided modules in which teachers and parents are trained. The uniqueness of the methodology lies in the affordable way of presenting information, a wide audience coverage, and the program’s mobility using the mobile “Safety Laboratory”. This is a vehicle that allows for the full staff of teachers to travel to remote areas of the Region and to bring with them all the necessary equipment for conducting classes based on the developed methods. Inside the vehicle, there are bicycles, push stand-up scooters, cones, demonstration stands, mock-up tables, elements of the road network, as well as a model of a bus stop and a bus model, allowing to simulate traffic situations in the learning process. And the “Safety Laboratory” vehicle itself is also an element of training, allowing to practice various exercises.

The mobile part of the project – the “Safety Laboratory” vehicle – was presented at the exhibition before the meeting to Igor Shuvalov, the First Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, and members of the Governmental Commission for Road Safety, who have appreciated its functionality and prospects for using it in the most remote areas of the country.

Commenting on the campaign for opening centers, Igor Yurgens, the President of the Russian Association of Motor Insurers, noted that the world insurance community pays a special attention to the road traffic injury prevention.

“The Russian Association of Motor Insurers is a traditional partner of this project, and we are delighted to see the positive results achieved in this field. I really hope that kids who will be trained will grow active and competent road users and, surely, it will be useful if they share their knowledge with adults”, I. Yurgens said.

The RAMI’s President emphasized that the project will pay a special attention to the work with children with disabilities.

According to Nataliya Agre, the President of the “Risk-Free Road Traffic” Expert Center, to date the “Safety Laboratories” have opened their doors and are successfully operating in ten regions: Tula, Tambov, Kostroma, Smolensk, Yaroslavl, Voronezh, Leningrad, Vladimir, Kaluga Regions, and the Republic of Khakassia. During the two years of the project implementation it is planned to involve 30 regions of the country in total, where over 120 thousand people will be trained. 




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