Traffic Directorate Holds Workshop on Occasion of 7th UN Global Road Safety Week -1-

For his part, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee Brig. Engineer Mohammed Abdullah Al Maliki said the engagement in the activities of the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week aims at emphasizing the importance of placing traffic safety rules at the very center of the efforts, in pursuit of making traffic and movement in the world among the top priorities of countries and their institutions that are concerned with safety on roads.

He outlined that Qatar’s engagement in those activities came to underscore its national responsibilities towards protecting the community and homeland from the risks caused by car accidents, especially pedestrians, drivers, and passengers to provide an environment that assures safe movement for all road users through the synergistic efforts of all entities that oversee the process of maintaining traffic safety in the country.

In addition, Brig. Engineer Mohammed Abdullah Al Maliki asserted that the NTSC has exerted great efforts to improve traffic safety levels and made road safety one of its top priorities, in addition to setting the first national strategy for traffic safety in Qatar to achieve that objective, he added. The strategy has been prepared and implemented by various sectors concerned with traffic safety in Qatar, which is a sector-wide strategy that has been executed during the period from 2013-2022.

HE Director of the Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad Al-Thani underlined that traumas arising from car accidents are the major cause of fatalities and incapacitation worldwide, notwithstanding Qatar has made great strides in the area of traffic safety in the recent years, such as setting evidence-based policies and strategies, including the best practices, such as the Qatar National Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022, to reduce traffic accidents’ impact on the community.

Meanwhile, the Medical Director of the Hamad Trauma Center Dr. Sandro Rizoli said the center cares for trauma patients and prioritizes the prevention and protection from car accident traumas, pointing out that the center has a specialized team operating in this field, outlining that Qatar can succeed in attaining vision zero in accidents and fatalities because it has all elements through which such the vision can be achieved.

For his part, road safety engineer at the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Eng. Abdullah Al Maraghi said Ashghal continues to implement Qatar’s infrastructure projects in conformity with the Qatar National Vision 2030 to achieve high levels of safety on the road network in the State of Qatar, emphasizing that Ashghal works to support the NTSC’s objectives, along with national traffic safety entities through the wide logistical support.

He asserted that Ashghal prioritizes the traffic safety file as one of the critical issues through carrying out the developed action plans and permanently communicating with partners to attain the required result from all and achieve the desired traffic safety accordingly, pointing out that to ensure the safety of road users and reduce traffic accidents, road networks are designed by taking the most vulnerable persons into account, in cooperation with the planning entities.

He outlined that Ashghal continues to accomplish numerous projects and initiatives pertaining to maintaining security and traffic safety on roads.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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