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Experts defend punishment for drivers under the effect of drugs


Panel at the Global Conference on Road Safety brought experiences and statistics from several countries.

Drivers who driving vehicles under the influence of amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs should be a target of inspection and administrative and criminal sanctions. This position was defended by the experts that participated in the pane “Driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs”, during the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety – Time for Results, which ended this past Thursday (19) in Brasilia.

The coordinator of the panel, Maria Segui Gomez, Director General of Traffic in Spain, said that to achieve the goals set out in the Global Plan for the Decade of Action 2011-2020, countries should adopt strong measures to fight against driving under the influence of illicit drugs (other than alcohol), and also the use of mobile phones while driving, in addition to the other five key risk factors defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to her, some global statistics already show that in addition to mobile phone use by drivers, drugs other than alcohol are also among the factors that lead to fatal traffic accidents.

In Spain, according to Maria Gomez, the government created enforcement groups in 2013 specialized in detecting the use of other drugs other than alcohol on the roads. This was preceded by studies aiming to increase the efficiency of the test mechanisms, in addition to the extension of monitoring for any time of day, during the week, including breathalyzer tests in mothers driving their children to schools.

The traffic safety manager on federal highways in the United States, Mark Rosekind, said that a recent report warned his government about the increase in deaths caused by drivers under the influence of other illicit drugs. According to him, during the past seven years there has been a 50% increase in accidents caused by drivers under the influence of marijuana, for example, on American roads. He criticized the legalization of marijuana in some regions of the United States.

“Road safety is not taken into account when discussing the legalization of marijuana use”, asserted Rosekind, saying that the levels of senses deprivation that marijuana and other drugs cause in drivers are still unknown.

Regarding the negative influence of alcohol, the American representative reported that even after 30 years of monitoring and sanctions, a third of deaths on US roads is still caused by drunk drivers, and 29% of fatal victims are young people.

In Canada, drivers under the influence of alcohol kill four people a day, and injure 175. According Angeliki Souranis, president of the Association of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose child was a victim of a drunk driver in 2008, about 34% of traffic deaths in her country are associated with the use of alcohol. She also expressed her concern regarding marijuana/driving association given that, according to her, the Canadian government will soon legalize the use of cannabis.

Awareness - Reducing the alcohol/driving association is a cultural matter in the opinion of Sebastian Urbina Cañas, Deputy Minister of Transport in Costa Rica. He said that after an intense work of awareness and education, his country managed to reduce to 1% the percentage of deaths in traffic caused by alcohol effect. “It was not easy, but there was political will and awareness campaigns, particularly among children and young people. Driving and alcohol use became a topic of social rejection”, he said.

The representative of Lebanon, Ramzi Salamé, said that in his country there is a “silence policy”, especially by the police, who often hides cases, preventing official records on drunk driving from being made. “There is a strong cultural resistance, because they think families should not pay for the mistakes of those who drink and cause traffic accidents”, Salamé said.

The representative of the Philippines, Latin Dante, said that his country introduced, in the previous year, more incisive policies against the use of alcohol by drivers and approved a law that reduced to 0.5% the percentage of alcohol in the blood of drivers in general, and zero tolerance for drivers of vehicles and motorcycles belonging to the public service.

Prohibition - In Brazil, the expert and former Secretary of Transportation of the Federal District, Nazarene Affonso, said that Prohibition was one of the measures that effectively has helped to reduce by 6% the number of deaths by traffic across the country for the past two years. In his opinion, however, states and cities need to be more efficient in law enforcement.

For the coordinator of the discussions, Maria Gomez, the authorities and the society has been doing an exhaustive work on the awareness that alcohol and driving must be dissociated. “A behavioral change is necessary”, she said.

Key Factors - The World Health Organization (WHO) defines five key risk factors for road safety in the world: drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use seat belts, motorcycle helmets, and child restraints.


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Monitoring and assessment systems are critical to reduce accidents


Clear and precise data processing systems on traffic accidents can lead countries to overcome the key factors that cause 1.25 million traffic deaths per year worldwide. This was one of the panel’s conclusions held on Thursday (19) during the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, which promoted sharing experiences between representatives from seven countries about their information collection and crosschecking systems of traffic accidents for local safety actions.

Brazil, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand and Zambia presented their progress, but also many of their challenges. The biggest problem, according to countries participating in the debate, is the lack of information standardization.

“Many times data consolidation does not occur in many countries. There are nations that municipal information does not arrive in federal reports. There are still terminology differences. What does it mean objectively, for example, a ‘person seriously injured’ in different regions of a country or even between different countries?”, the general secretary of the International Transport Forum, José Viegas provokes. “We offer a glossary at the International Transport Forum website that can help in standardization”, he suggests.

Mexico has a system where the health sector records in detail the medical history of the drivers. Facing an accident, data is crossed for health information and information relating to the situation of the accident, allowing to know the extent to which the driver’s health condition interfered in that situation. However, even with the system in operation, in many cases, data is not adequately informed and that data crossing is not satisfactory.

Zambia has already invested in a post-accident care structure with well-equipped ambulances, but encounters problems between data provided by the police and hospitals. When an accident victim is brought to the hospital by the police, for example, he/she is treated as an ordinary patient, without going to traffic statistics.

The Brazilian experience was presented from the progress of the multi-sectoral “Life in Transit” project, coordinated by the Ministry of Health. By improving the refinement and unification of indicators and with distance teaching strategies, Brazil has advanced a lot in data collect. A partnership with the Federal Universities of Minas Gerais and Goiás allowed the country to move forward to have more precise data and rely on strategies to collect and crosscheck information involving the players at federal, state and municipal levels.

However, there are still bottlenecks that need to be fixed. “There are situations that need to be decrypted. For example, when a drunk person gets involved in an accident here in Brazil, he calls a friend to take him to the hospital fearing the police to come and apply penalties on the driver. This is hard to be mapped”, emphasizes Otaliba Libânio Neto, of the Federal University of Goiás.

The standardization of traffic accident indicators, however, is not only a challenge in developing countries. During the debate, experts pointed out some of those that can be guidelines for successful monitoring of traffic accidents: international standardization of indicators for global progress in identifying local risk factors; detailing information about conditions of the accident, the roads, what caused the trauma or injury to the victim; post-accident care data; vehicle and accident history. All this, through intersectoral and multidisciplinary approaches.

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Motorcyclist deaths are already considered a global epidemic


UN member countries discuss strategies and challenges to reduce high mortality rates. Despite the regional differences, the problem is general

A quick vehicle, able to evade traffic jams and more affordable to most of the population. With these features, motorcycles have become increasingly popular in developing countries, especially in rural areas and poorer communities.

Cambodia, for example, has a population of 15 million people and a motorcycle fleet that exceeds 2 million. In Nigeria, the two-wheeled vehicles are getting more supporters and many are used as “taxis”. Brazil also fits in this profile. Currently 26% of the national fleet consists of motorcycles. The exponential increase of vehicles, however, comes with growth of traffic deaths and injuries.

The diagnosis was made during the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety. During the meeting, ministers and authorities from different countries presented their challenges and discussed ways to achieve a safer road model in the “Safety for Motorcyclists” session.

One of the proposals is to encourage the use of public transport. The idea is that with safe and reliable public transportation alternatives, people stop using the motorcycle to get to their daily appointments. “Choosing the motorcycle is often related to the user’s economic condition”, said Eugenio Diniz, professor of Minas Gerais Fundacentro and Brazilian representative in the debate.

Cambodia’s Minister of Transport endorsed the proposal to direct people to public transportation. “We need to think of progressive reduction in the number of motorcycles on the streets. We need a policy that encourages public transportation. Mass transportation reduces traffic jams and improves urban mobility”, he emphasized.

In France, for example, using the subway and trains is part of the daily life in large cities. Maybe that is why motorcycles are not very popular – they represent only 1.5% of the French fleet. However, this does not prevent its lethality from being very high, 24% of fatalities on the country’s roads are motorcyclists. To try to slow down the growth of accidents, it became compulsory to wear protective clothing and license plates were enlarged so that they can be identified by the electronic speed radars.

Legislation and education – To reduce mortality on roads, the solution also involves the encouragement of educational projects, changes in legislation and by strengthening inspection and coercive actions.

In Nigeria, for example, a license is not required for motorcyclists, only the official record of the vehicles. There are countries that do not have specific legislation for the use of helmets, despite the consensus on the power to prevent deaths and serious consequences. In Thailand, its use is optional. And in America, the instrument also faces resistance in several states. “Motorcycles are related to freedom. A helmet is the loss of individuality”, said Jeffrey Michael, manager of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the USA.

In Brazil, there are laws that require helmet use and prohibit taking children under the age of seven on motorcycles. However, it is not uncommon to find, especially in the North and Northeast, motorcyclists without helmets and young children and even babies on these vehicles.

Professor of Minas Gerais Fundacentro, Eugenio Diniz, emphasizes that disobedience to the law reflects on the number of accidents, injuries and deaths. “Brazil is a very heterogeneous country, with plenty of social and cultural differences. The highest accident rates are in the poorest places and with less information. Investments in educational activities are necessary. In the Northeast, 50% of those hospitalized in intensive care units are traffic victims.”

Technological Innovations - The development of new safety technologies is also one of the bets to reduce the number of motorcyclist deaths identified during the 2nd Conference on Road Safety. In the event, the World Health Organization introduced a safer and more comfortable helmet model, made of lightweight material, modern design and an internal ventilation system. The proposal is to encourage the use and acceptance of the safety item by motorcyclists, especially in tropical countries. “In Thailand, people do not use it because it is very hot”, said the Deputy Minister of Transport of the country, Ormsin Vhivapruck.

The improvement of technological items in the vehicle itself is also a bet to reduce accidents. An ABS brake system, already in use in some motorcycle models, prevents accidents. Another innovation, which is still under study and can be an ally in reducing deaths, is communication between vehicles. “It is a long-term solution. They are still testing on cars, but I am optimistic about its potential”, said the American manager.

Another proposal presented on the panel was road modernization. Streets and roads must also be modernized. The guardrail, for example, gives safety to cars, but is very dangerous for motorcycles. The Minister of Cambodia took the debate to ask for support from the UN when it comes to ensure funding to improve the quality of the roads in developing countries, particularly rural, locations with higher accident rates. 

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OAS recommends the creation of an Inter-American traffic safety plan


International cooperation is emphasized as a way of facing the problem in the Americas

Create an Inter-American Plan for Road Safety was the recommendation of the Organization of American States (OAS) during the parallel session at the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety – Time for Results, which ended Thursday (19) in Brasilia. Secretary of Access to Rights and Equity of the OAS, Ideli Salvatti, requested support from other country members of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations (UN), which organized the debate at the Conference.

Participants cited the importance of the effectiveness of international cooperation and real commitment of authorities, media and organized civil society to guide the reduction of deaths and traffic accidents on the political and social agenda of the countries of the region.

“Traffic safety is a fully social issue that directly affects the public at higher vulnerability situations, the poorest families, black and indigenous populations, women, children, the elderly, and especially the lower income countries”, she said.

The suggestion brought by the OAS representative was to build Inter-American cooperation involving the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and others. World Health Organization (WHO) data indicate that deaths particularly affect 5 to 29 year-old children and youngsters, causing expenses of USD 1.8 trillion per year worldwide.

To the Minister of Transport of Chile, Cristian Bowen, the moment is crucial for consistent attitudes of the Latin states. “In 2002, Chile increased the speed limit of roads by law, from 50 to 60 km/h. In 2003 the number of deaths on the roads increased by 25%. We need to put the issue on the political agenda, not only technical, of the Latin countries”, he said.

Traffic Safety Advisor of PAHO, Eugenia Rodriguez, cited as a positive example, the measures adopted in São Paulo by Mayor Fernando Haddad, who reduced the speed limit on streets in the capital. “We have numerous data that evidence the reduction of deaths and accidents, but people prefer to tackle the issue as if it were a fine collection industry. We have data that evidence that lives are saved”, he said.

International cooperation - The executive director of Integration and Development Project of Mesoamerica, Lidia Fromm Cea, showed the importance of cooperation and continuous exchange of networking experiences.

“We created the Mesoamerican Traffic Safety Master Plan intended to reduce deaths in at least one major city in the member countries, changing legislation and improving road safety information systems to improve decision making”, he said. The Mesoamerica Project includes ten countries of Central and South America.

Gabriel Pérez Salas, official associate of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure Services Unit of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/UN) defended the expansion of cooperation among countries in order to maintain continuous exchange of experiences.

He also showed willingness to follow more directly the situation of the Dominican Republic at the instigation of participants in the audience, and suggested that countries advance in willingness to seek public transportation options in the cities and also in rural areas where help to victims is often weaker.


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Countries discuss practical answers of the post-accident processes


Decentralize emergency service networks, standardize procedures between police and medical teams, and bring explanations to the population. These are some of the post-accident answers presented and discussed during the “Post-Accident Response” panel, held during the second day of the Road Safety Brazil, which ends on Thursday (19) in Brasilia.

With the participation of health representatives from governments and non-governmental organizations, the panel brought up important legislative and practical contributions of post-accident processes. The rapid rehabilitation care, decentralized in communities closer to the victims of traffic violence, and psychological and legal care were identified as important measures for the about 30 to 50 million people injured annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chaired by the Deputy Secretary of Global Affairs, of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Mitchell Wolfe, the activity had representatives from countries with significant capacity to respond to accidents such as Cuba, which has national, state and municipal emergency service networks.

According to the representative of Cuba, Néstor Marimon, the presence of family doctors in communities allows qualified service, in addition to continued training of nursing staff and the presence of vehicles in certain regions where the risk of accidents is diagnosed. “We maintain almost daily control of accident statistics records to better distribute our ambulances and teams”, he said.

For Secretary Mitchell Wolfe, improved integration of procedures with public security, police and fire departments, which tend to be informed in case of an emergency, can be an important step in further service to accidents. “Security teams’ integration with the systems, as well as improved communication of state and local governments with the Ministry of Health of the countries, can be central in this”, he said.

Jim Fitzpatrick, who worked as a firefighter for 20 years, and today is a UK parliamentarian, explained the urgency of care immediately after the accident. “About 80% of deaths in some countries could be prevented through proper care at the accident scene, or patient stabilization during the transport”, he said. He talked about his work for Fire Aid, an institution that promotes knowledge and collaborates to implement emergency care systems in 30 countries, preferably developing countries.

According to Jim, with no training and preparation of rescuers, even the best laws become ineffective to reduce up to the 50% proposed by the Decade of Action and the goals set by the UN. World Health Organization data (WHO) show that only 7% of the countries (28) have appropriate laws with requirements to prevent such accidents.

RECOVERY – Regarding rehabilitation of victims of serious injuries, Brazil presented the experience of the Sarah Network, headquartered in Brasilia. According to Dr. Lucia Wiladino Braga, the lack of knowledge about the importance of early rehabilitation, that is, the fast service of rehabilitation professionals right after the initial recovery of victims is crucial in spinal cord and brain injuries. These injuries are typical of motorcycle and car accidents.

Integration of the “Ecological Rehabilitation” method, as the procedure practiced in the Sarah Network became known, was another important differential according to Wiladino. “Integrate parents to the rehabilitation of a child is essential, adding the emotional factor. Social reintegration of the person in recovery in his/her own home and community contributes directly to the recovery”, she said.

In the debate on the emotional of victims, the representative of the Irish Road Victims Association and the European Federation of Road Traffic, Donna Price, explained how the victimization is a serious problem, after cases of traffic collisions. “These cases destroy lives; the loss of a child can be devastating to any family, and also the financial problem that it can cause. Provide emotional and legal support so that these people do not lose lawsuits is another important factor for the psychological recovery of the family involved”, she said. She refuted the concept of the word “accident”. “We need to review this expression. If we continue using this concept, we will also be part of the problem”, she said.


Countries commit to have pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists as priorities


The Brasilia Declaration innovates by emphasizing sustainable transport. The document presents the commitment of UN Member Countries with the protection to vulnerable populations and reasserts the target of reducing deaths

Approved on Thursday (Nov 19) by more than 130 member countries of the United Nations (UN) gathered at the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, the Brasilia Declaration will contribute to change the paradigm of traffic debate worldwide. The document, presented by the Minister of Health of Brazil, Marcelo Castro, has the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists as the priority – the most vulnerable traffic users. This is the first time that an international commitment emphasizes public transport as a way to improve traffic safety. The countries also reasserted, under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the reduction in half, by 2020, of deaths caused by traffic accidents.

“The promotion of sustainable means of transportation – particularly safe public transport, walking, and cycling – is essential for the promotion of safety in traffic”, the countries declare in the document. Among the actions recommended in the document is the adoption, implementation and enforcement of policies and measures to protect and promote, in an active way, pedestrian safety and cyclists mobility, such as sidewalks, bike paths and / or bike lanes, proper lighting, radars with cameras, signaling and road marking.

With regard to motorcyclists, who are among the most vulnerable victims of traffic accidents worldwide, the Brasilia Declaration has, among its recommendations, the indication to develop and implement legislation and comprehensive policies on the use of motorcycles - including education and training, licensing of the driver, vehicle registration, work conditions, use of helmets and personal protective equipment. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) currently represent half of the 1.25 million fatal victims of traffic worldwide.

“Deaths and injuries in traffic are also matters of social fairness, given that poor and vulnerable people are also vulnerable road users, most often (pedestrians, cyclists, drivers of two and / or three-wheel motor vehicles and passengers of unsafe public transportation)”, as stated in the declaration. “They are disproportionately affected and exposed to traffic risks, injuries and traffic deaths, which can lead to a cycle of exacerbated poverty by the loss of income”, as pointed out in the document.

To protect those users, one of the commitments made by countries in the letter is to establish and implement safe and appropriate speed limits along with suitable safety measures, such as road signaling, radars with cameras and other speed restricting mechanisms, particularly near schools and residential areas, in order to increase the safety of all road users.

REASSERTED TARGETS - The targets of reducing in half, by 2020, the number of deaths and injuries caused by traffic worldwide; and increasing from 15% to 50% the percentage of countries with comprehensive legislation on the five key risk factors – not wearing seat belts, helmets and protective devices for children, combination of alcohol and driving, and exceeding the speed limit – were reaffirmed in the declaration. The access of people to safe means of transport, which are affordable and sustainable, notably improving road safety through the expansion of public transport - as included by the UN Summit on Sustainable Development 2015 in the new global agenda - is also a goal covered in the document.

The strengthening of law enforcement strategies made by the countries on roads, as well as the surveillance measures with a focus on accident reduction are also among the recommendations, besides encouraging the States to introduce new traffic management technologies and smart transport systems, to mitigate risks of injuries and fatalities.

In health care area, the document points out at the need to strengthen pre-hospital care, including emergency health services and immediate post-accident response, outpatient and hospital guidelines for trauma care, in addition to rehabilitation services.

The Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety recognizes that the large majority of deaths and road traffic injuries is predictable and avoidable – and still halfway through the Decade of Action, much remains to be done, despite the progress and improvements in several countries.

The full document can be read here.

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The director-general of the WHO defends the adoption of individual goals for the reduction of traffic accidents


During the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, Margaret Chan said that the countries need to create their own goals to reduce fatalities.

Increasing the number of countries with appropriate legislation and establishing local goals for the reduction of traffic accidents in a way to ensure protection to larger segments of the world population are among the main challenges of the World Health Organization (WHO) over the next five years, according to the Director-General of the WHO Margaret Chan. In a panel about the Development Goals and Indicators for Road Safety, Dr. Chan called for a greater commitment with the topic from the part of the countries.

While analyzing the actions that have already been implemented and debating on what it is possible to do in order to reach the goal of reducing to half the number of traffic fatalities by 2020, Chan stressed that it is important to obtain more commitment from governments with more specific prevention targets in relation to road accidents.

We need to create goals with actions with better return and new sources of investment”, Chan said, emphasizing the issue of the adoption of more rigid rules, such as reducing speed limits and against driving vehicles under alcohol effect. Only 25 countries – and Brazil is one of them – adopt zero tolerance for the consumption of alcohol by drivers.

During the discussions, participants stressed that joint actions of governments, organizations and representatives of civil society will be necessary to achieve the ambitious goal of reducing in half the number of traffic victims. The United Nations (UN) predicts a 30% increase in fatal accidents caused by vehicles by 2030, in case no action is taken. Every year, traffic accidents kill around 1.25 million people and injure around 50 million.

Data from the WHO also show that among the partner countries of preventive measures in traffic, 79 reduced number of deaths, while 68 had an increase. The largest contingent of victims is formed by children and young people up to 29 years-old, along with pedestrians and cyclists.

For the experts present at the event, the government action makes a difference in the reduction of the risks of death and injuries in traffic. Hence the emphasis of the WHO in calling the countries to create legislations, law enforcement, and strengthening traffic safety management. Currently, only 7% of the world population (28 countries) is protected by appropriate traffic laws, which provide for mandatory use of helmets, seat belts and protective devices for children in vehicles, prohibition of driving under the influence of alcohol, speed control and laws forbidding the use of mobile phones while driving, including sending text messages. Brazil is among those countries.

Investments in infrastructure for safer roads, more public transport; new technologies for more sustainable and safe transport, actions that increase mobility and adoption of transparent policies with campaigns that broaden awareness on the risks and harm from traffic are among the recommendations. The concern is extended to strengthening emergency services and equipment and post-accident rehabilitation, with improvement of health policies and actions focused on the reduction of the high cost that traffic accidents generate worldwide (US$ 1.85 trillion).

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The WHO highlights the role of parliament members in the advancement of the traffic legislation


The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, has requested support from parliament members in fostering laws to protect life on roads

Parliamentarians from different parts of the world can create an articulation to save lives in traffic. This is a statement by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, who attended the first day of the discussions at the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, on November 18 and 19 in Brasília. The event promotes the inter-sectoral meeting of people involved in different segments of traffic management in different parts of the world.

The Parliamentarians heard a commitment request from Margaret Chan: “You, Parliamentarians, have a strong power in your hands. Create and promote laws to protect the lives in traffic. You are key partners for the advancement of our traffic legislations. Build a network amongst yourselves. Share it, make one another stronger. Together, we can save millions of lives”.

In the panel "Parliamentarians for Global Road Safety - Building a Legislators Network", which brought together parliamentarians from Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Ghana, England, Jamaica and Namibia, there was an exchange of experiences on parliamentary action regarding traffic safety in their respective countries and a discussion on how to build a network among them to foster integrated actions for life.

Only 7% of the world population (28 countries in the world) is protected by appropriate traffic laws, which provide for mandatory use of helmets, seat belts and protective devices for children in vehicles, prohibition of driving under the influence of alcohol, speed control and laws forbidding the use of mobile phones while driving, including sending text messages. Brazil is one of the 25 countries that have adopted such measures, with the example of zero tolerance for the consumption of alcoholic beverages by drivers and one of 130 countries that use the breathalyzer test as a means to guarantee compliance with the law.

While there are countries with specific and advanced traffic legislation, other countries are still struggling for the implementation of the mandatory use of seat belts in the back seat.

Congressman Hugo Leal, President of the Frente Parlamentar em Defesa do Trânsito Seguro do Brasil (Parliamentary Front in Defense of Safe Traffic in Brazil), welcomed the progress made with the implementation of the "Prohibition" in Brazil. He also stressed the importance of promoting meetings between parliamentarians from countries that have a good traffic legislation and countries that are still developing their laws. “The Parliament has the legislative role and for this reason it should verify the enforcement of the laws. Brazil is open to learn and to share with the parliamentarians from other countries. We are in favor of the Parliamentary front”, said Hugo Leal.

Namibia Parliamentarians also manifested their interest in the creation of the network. They assert that their National Law of Traffic Safety does not meet their needs, and they are interested in the international sharing of experiences.

Pere Macías, from the Board on Traffic Safety of the Spanish Parliament mentioned their local experience of bringing closer the parliament and the social movements, NGOs, and organized groups, people who lost loved ones in traffic accidents, with the goal of promoting a popular culture to support traffic legislation. “We knew it would not be easy. We needed to approve laws and also to convince people that we were working together". According to Pere Macías, Spain records numbers that show an average of 11 traffic fatalities per 100 thousand people annually. In Brazil, data of 2013 registered almost twice the Spanish average.

The parliamentarians agree that legislating for road safety is also, in many cases, an unpopular action. For any parliamentarian it would be difficult to talk about safety measures that restrict the speed, that bring new obligations for drivers and vehicle manufacturers, and even for pedestrians. However, they feel called upon to engage in the struggle for goals that seem unpopular now, but that will be recognized as beneficial in the long term.

PARLIAMENTARY FRONT – The Commission for Global Road Safety, one of the organizers of the event, suggested that the network of parliamentarians should build a forum for legislators responsible for road safety in national, regional, municipal and local parliaments (including all party groups), as well as local authorities to exchange experiences and best practices in preventing traffic injuries.

Jim Fitzpatrick, an English member of the Commission for Global Road Safety – who is the vice-president of the Multiparty Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom – suggests as a first step to the network "to establish a Panel of Experts Parliamentarians to prepare reports on Global Legislative Priorities for 2020 using the 2015 WHO Status Report and the Global Plan for the Decade of Action as reference points. The Panel could present their report in 2016 and work as a catalyzer for the creation of a global multi-party road safety network”.

Jim’s proposal was welcomed by the parliamentarians present and the first steps will be made effective under the command of the WHO and the Commission for Global Road Safety.

GLOBAL TARGETS – In the same line of experiences exchange, later in the afternoon, the panel "Developing Targets and Indicators for Road Safety" discussed the possibility of a global constitution of indicators to define synchronized actions in traffic safety worldwide. The panel was directed by the Minister of Justice of Brazil, José Eduardo Cardoso, and the Assistant Director-General of the area of Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health at the WHO, Oleg Chestnov. Among the participants of the panel were Ministers and Directors from Armenia, Australia, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Spain, France and the Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, José Viegas.

The participants shared the actions taken in their countries in the constitution of registration indicators, standardization of information and assessment of traffic accidents and their respective public policies for road safety implemented. It was noticed that the countries took the Global Plan for the Decade of Action as a reference, however, each nation acted differently.

For the Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardoso, first, it is necessary to understand clearly the existing problems to then outline actions. “We must seek a uniform understanding of the problem to develop synchronized global actions in defense of life in traffic”, said the Brazilian Minister.

The Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, José Viegas, suggested as a way to synchronizing indicators and actions that everyone visited the website of the International Transport Forum and accepted the challenge of studying all international experiences recorded on it. “It is necessary to establish indicators and one cannot be ashamed of the data that will be collected. They are the basis for our methods of attacking concrete problems", he said.

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    The currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL). You can exchange your currency in your own country or at the Brasilia Airport. Services in Brazil do not accept other currencies for payment. Credit cards, debit cards, and travel money cards are accepted everywhere.

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    We are in spring time, so the temperatures varies from 17ºC (62,8º F) to 26ºC (79,3º F) and it may rain.

  • Embassies
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Accommodation and Travel


Hotel reservations and travel costs are all on the participants expenses and responsibilities. The following are recommended:

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Traveler´s Health


Emergencies: there are several public reference hospitals in Brasilia:


    Phone (61) 3315-1200 - SMHS - ÁREA ESPECIAL - Q. 101


    Phone (61) 34457500 - AV L2 SUL QUADRA 608 MÓDULO A. ASA SUL. CEP 70203-900


    Phone (61)33254313 - SMHN, QD. 101. ASA NORTE. CEP: 70710-905


    Phone (61) 33713444 - QNM, 17. CEILÂNDIA SUL.CEP: 72215-170


    Phone (61)33531006 - SETOR C NORTE, ÁREA ESPECIAL 24. TAGUATINGA cep 72155-000


    Phone (61)34879200 - QUADRA 12, ÁREA RESERVADA 01. SOBRADINHO 73020-412


    Phone (61) 33859700 - ÁREA ESPECIAL S/N. SETOR CENTRAL. GAMA. CEP 72405-150.


Brazil does not require the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis for entry into the country;

Make sure that your routine immunizations are up to date, according to the recommendations of your country of origin, since it is an effective and safe measure for the prevention of various diseases;

Although there are no cases of measles and rubella in Brazil, these diseases are present in other countries. Therefore, it is recommended to be vaccinated against them;

Preparation for the trip is a good opportunity to check the vaccination status of infants, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

Prevention against yellow fever

Prevent yellow fever by getting a vaccine 10 days before visiting forest areas or practicing ecological or rural tourism. Check the list of municipalities with recommendations on vaccination against yellow fever (only in portuguese);

Seek your doctor to help you decide whether the vaccine is required based on your travel plan;

Health insurance

It is prudent to buy health insurance when traveling to other countries. If in the contract, you may have coverage for medical / dental treatment or transfer due to health conditions. Otherwise, know that these services abroad are expensive and can affect your financial planning;

Some countries such as Cape Verde, Italy and Portugal have international mutual agreements with Brazil that allow the treatment of Brazilian citizens by public health care networks. To learn more about the Certificate of Entitlement to Medical Treatment, visit

For more information visit the traveler´s health guide at:

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You can get around Brasilia by taxi, bus or metro. Taxis can be requested from your hotel or you may use the app Easy Taxi or 99 Taxis from Iphone or Android mobile phones.

For further information please contact us at

You can find busses routes online at or download of mobee app (Iphone ou Android).

Metro lines can be found at
For any other information please contact us at

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Useful Contacts

Who to contact

Emergency service may be requested by phone. See numbers below:

  • SAMU - Mobile Emergency Care Service 192
  • DISQUE-INTOXICAÇÃO - Questions and reports related to intoxications 0800 722 601
  • ANVISA - National Health Surveillance Agency 0800 642 9782
  • ANAC - National Civil Aviation Agency 0800 642 9782
  • ANTT - National Land Transportation Agency 166
  • ANTAQ - National Waterway Transportation Agency 0800 644 500
  • Fire Department – 193
  • Military Police – 190
  • Federal Police – 194
  • Federal Road Police – 191
  • Health Information – 136
  • Brasilia International Airport - +55 61-3364-9000
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In April 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) welcomed the Brazilian Government's offer to host the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety through a resolution entitled “Improving Global Road Safety”. The Conference will take place in Brasilia, Brazil on 18-19 November 2015, during the week in which many groups around the world mark the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It is estimated that the Conference will bring together over 1,500 participants from 150 countries, among them Ministers of Health, Cities, Transport, and Interior; senior officials from United Nations agencies; representatives of civil society; and business leaders.

This 2nd Conference is inspired by and follows the 1st Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in Russia in 2009, which gathered more than 70 ministers and 1,500 participants from around the world. The main outcome was a Declaration urging the United Nations to call for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Launched officially in May 2011, the Decade of Action aims at saving 5 million lives during this ten-year period. The 2nd Conference is a reaction to a serious public health problem that affects countries socially and economically, in particular low- and middle-income countries.

During the 67th United Nations General Assembly in September 2012, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, welcomed the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and reaffirmed that "Brazil has mobilized actions to protect life, which will ensure the reduction of road traffic injuries, a leading cause of death among the world’s young population."

The 2nd Conference is timely, in that it takes place during the final negotiations of the goals which will be set as part of the post-2015 development agenda. It will also be an opportunity for Member States to exchange information and experiences on best practices in road safety. Delegates will review progress in implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and identify concretely how to achieve its stated goal. It is a unique moment to bring a new impetus to the Decade of Action at its mid-point – a time to reaffirm commitments and propose new strategies for the next five years, in light of the scenario that should emerge from discussions on the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Main discussion items include:

  1. Key achievements in the Decade of Action
  2. Next steps in achieving the goal of the Decade of Action
  3. Road safety towards 2030
  4. Global targets and indicators for road safety
  5. Pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action
  6. Emerging issues in road safety

The National Organizing Committee and the International Advisory Committee welcome the delegates of the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, and hope to meet you in Brasilia, Brazil. Please save the 18-19 November 2015 dates on your agendas.

With best regards

The National Organizing Committee

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For more information about Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, please contact us at:

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Travel fund for low-income countries


A travel fund has been established with the financial assistance of the governments of Brazil, the United States of America as well as the FIA Foundation and the World Bank.

The fund is managed by WHO, and will support the travel and per diem costs of one government representative from each of the following 52 Countries:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo DR, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Kenya, Korea DR, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic Tanzania, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

While delegations from these countries may be larger in number, the travel fund can only support the cost of travel and per diem for one government representative from each of the 52 countries to attend the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety.

To apply for support please:

  • • First ensure that your delegation has been registered on the website – go to “Registrations” in the top right hand corner. If you do not have a username and password please send a request to or ask your local Brazilian embassy.
  • • Then send an email with the name and contact details of the delegate who should receive the travel support to Ms Paula de Freitas on who will notify WHO accordingly. Please also send the name of the administrative person who should be contacted for travel arrangements.

Important: the name of the eligible person to receive the financial aid should also be confirmed through a note verbale at the local Embassy of Brazil.

Requests for travel funds will only be accepted until 30 September 2015.