The Spanish Road Association, which is a member of the International Road Federation, has more than 200 members. Its mission is the defence, promotion and support of the creation of more and better roads.
To reduce the high rate of accidents in Spain, we undertake to carry out the following actions over the coming years:
Over the next three years, we will implement between two and five road safety plans in different regions in Spain. These will involve the development of technical studies to analyse network safety conditions. All of the work carried out will result in personalised studies and the development of the most appropriate road safety methodology for each case. Citizens will also be involved in the creation of these plans, through surveys, awareness activities aimed at the entire population, and press briefings.
We will identify “White Sections”. These are sections of over 25 kilometres in which there have been no fatal accidents for at least five consecutive years. The study of these is fundamental to understand and reach conclusions about how infrastructure can influence the absence of accidents or the fact that the consequences of accidents are not fatal. This will involve a study methodology devised by the Spanish Road Association (AEC), which will complement traditional road safety reports based on the Accident Concentration Section concept.
The reports will be presented through press briefings and will be disseminated through our communication channels (Carreteras magazine, InfoAEC, and institutional communication). The objective of the White Sections analysis is to put forward recommendations for the construction and use of “white roads”.
We will develop Visual Road Inspection Campaigns every two years, including an evaluation of the state of surfaces, signposting and other elements of the Spanish road network. The results of the campaigns will be presented through press briefings and all of the AEC’s communication channels. Furthermore, we will carry out specific studies in other fields: road safety on crossings, urban environments, at night, etc.
Over the next three years, we will develop the campaign entitled “The road says no”, in favour of safe and responsible driving not under the influence of alcohol. This campaign will be aimed particularly at young and new drivers, but also at the population as a whole. The messages of this campaign will be distributed nationally through 12,000 posters, 210,000 stickers, 175,000 keyrings and 6,000 postcards in driving schools and service stations throughout Spain. Also, the entities signing up to this initiative will disseminate it in the various forums in which they participate.
We will organise the National Road Safety Congress every year, aimed at road infrastructure safety. The congress will be accompanied by citizen awareness campaigns. Throughout these campaigns, traffic accident simulations will take place, along with the presentation of the “Road Show”, an innovative multimedia spectacle aimed at young people up to the age of 18 years, in which all those involved in road safety make educational presentations about all the problems resulting in traffic accidents in our society.