In the first half of the year, 31 percent more people died on our roads than last year

The situation on Slovenian roads is deteriorating catastrophically. By September this year, according to the police, 85 lives had been lost in road traffic, and May this year was the worst since May 2009 in terms of the number of seriously injured. they are at the Traffic Safety Agency, testifying to a drastic deterioration in the situation.

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“This year, 20 motor vehicle drivers have died, or 43 percent more than in the comparable period last year,” states AVP.

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The AVP is said to have completely fallen asleep under Hribar’s tutelage. It no longer organizes regular press conferences and no longer informs the public regularly about the state of road traffic.

“The deterioration in traffic safety is mainly due to the worsening situation in May and July, when a total of 21 more participants died than in the comparable period last year,” they wrote in their latest internal research in the central Slovenian institution for traffic safety, which we also managed to obtain in the editorial office of our newspaper. The Traffic Safety Agency (AVP) has been operating since 2010, but its mission is “Efforts to reduce the worst consequences of road accidents, especially fatalities and injuries.”

Not only dead, but severe injuries

Not only the number of deaths in road traffic: in the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period last year, the number of serious injuries was significantly higher. “Here we are recording the worst May since 2009,” reads the document Road Safety Review in January-July 2021, obtained from well-informed sources of the Ministry of Infrastructure, led by Jernej Vrtovec (NSi).

“The data for the month of August, which the agency will send to the relevant ministry next week, are even worse,” we were entrusted with a source with AVP. We also checked for ourselves the latter: while, according to the police, 64 people died in the first seven months of this year, by 5 September this year, an additional 21 lives had been lost on our roads. Last year, for example, between the first of January and the fifth of September, 66 road users died, so this year as many as 85.

“By the end of July, most drivers of single-wheel motor vehicles had died on Slovenian roads. This year, 20 motor vehicle drivers have died, or 43 percent more than in the comparable period last year, “the AVP states in an internal document, which states that” the most common cause of accidents in the first seven months of this year remains improper movement of vehicles – 2407 traffic accidents or 27% of all accidents occurred due to the mentioned cause “. This is followed by unadjusted speed (1516 traffic accidents or 17 percent of all) and the wrong side or direction of travel (1396 traffic accidents or 16 percent of all).

The situation is critical, Minister Vrtovec nothing

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“The bearer of the policy and direction of road safety is the Minister,” Robert Štaba is clear.

“The bearer of the policy and direction of road safety is the Minister,” is clear Robert Staff, initiator, founder and president of the Safe Route Institute. According to the Staff, the Minister is the link between the various stakeholders involved in road safety, “he is the central figure or the heart of all stakeholders”.

Considering that Slovenia is a signatory of Vision 0 (certified program We live Vision Zero, which systematically encourages national organizations and members to promote the implementation of the program within their countries, all EU members have signed, note), “Vigilance over the set goals – that is, no fatalities, no seriously injured persons due to traffic accidents – is certainly even more important in Slovenia,” says the Headquarters and warns: “When there is a deviation of between ten and fifteen percent in road traffic measurements, all stakeholders or the very top of those involved in road safety must be convened immediately and it must be agreed on how this trend should be mitigated and reversed. back to the established dimensions. “

Did Minister Jernej Vrtovec do that? “No, because he’s more interested in infrastructure projects and showcases at various openings,” says our source with the AVP, which, according to many of the interlocutors we spoke to, is run by a completely incompetent person. That is Jože Hribar, a senior official of the Traffic Safety Agency, who is linked to the NSi membership by the leadership of the Ministry of Infrastructure. And not only that: as Dnevnik and Žurnal24 reported last year, before Hribar’s appointment at the beginning of the term of the current 14th government, as many as four members resigned from the agency’s council, perceiving that politics favored Hribar, who had previously control bodies under the Motor Vehicles Act, which, according to our sources, Hribar also did in the past “on the black market” or outside working hours.

AVP completely fell asleep

According to many sources, the AVP fell asleep under Hribar’s tutelage. In the spring of this year, for example, after the ban on movement between municipalities ended on 15 February, the agency should have monitored or taken a proactive approach to the fact that traffic between municipalities will be concentrated again, but the agency did not do so. Also, sources warn, the AVP, under Hribar’s direction, no longer organizes regular press conferences and no longer informs the public regularly about the situation in road traffic. “What is happening at AVP in the field of professional supervision is a chapter in itself. As well as the facts about Hribar’s harassment of agency employees, “ says our source. Apparently, Minister Vrtovec will soon have to call him to the defense.


Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.

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