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The FIA's Action for Road Safety is a global campaign, focusing the federation's resources on helping its member organisations around the globe to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours.
The FIA has a long and distinguished history in promoting road safety. For many years the Federation has lobbied for improved legislation, infrastructure and vehicle safety technologies on an international scale.
Road safety is a global problem with 1.3 million people losing their lives and 50 million others seriously injured annually as a result of road accidents. It is estimated that by 2020 road traffic accidents will claim 2 million lives each year – more then any other global pandemic.
On 11 May 2011 the FIA launched its Action for Road Safety in support of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety. The FIA’s initiative aims to lower the alarming figures associated with global road accidents and to spread the safer motoring message.
The FIA promotes the safe system approach. Our action covers each of the decade’s five pillars:
• Management through direct engagement with governments and international institutions.
• Education and training of drivers on the ground through the action of FIA Clubs worldwide.
• Vehicle safety through Euro NCAP and the promotion of test results;
• Infrastructure through clubs’ involvement in iRAP programmes (where they are often the lead partner), and strong cooperation with the World Bank and Multi-lateral Development Banks.
• Post-crash care, with cooperation on the ground together with emergency services, lobbying for the eCall service, and work on the ground with the Red Cross.
The FIA has been advocating at the highest levels to push leaders to commit to road safety both nationally and globally. This has included strong engagement with international bodies such as the UN, EU, WHO, Multi-lateral Development Banks, ITU, IFRC, ITF and the European Commission and meetings with Heads of State around the world.
The FIA has called for:
- Inclusion of road safety as part of the Sustainable Development Goals post-2015;
- The setting up of an innovative financing mechanism for road safety on the model of UNITAID and the contribution on plane tickets.
- Leaders to prioritise road safety at the national level (introducing when necessary effective legislation, dedicated strategies, and national agencies), and to commit to putting the issue at the top of the global agenda.
The FIA has been supporting action by the 236 FIA Member Clubs worldwide to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviour on the ground. So far, more than 90 road safety projects have been supported by the FIA Grant Programme in cooperation with the FIA Foundation in over 50 countries.
The FIA has entered a number of commercial partnerships as well with leading companies such as Michelin, Schuberth, Iveco and Total.
The FIA Action for Road Safety campaign has been enthusiastically championed by the motorsport community and well-known figures including Sebastian Vettel, Emerson Fittipaldi, Michael Schumacher, Sébastien Loeb, Yvan Muller and Monisha Kaltenborn who have fiercely backed the campaign’s simple message of safer motoring and safer road use.
The campaign has also received endorsements from heads of state, leaders and international opinion formers such as the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, Archbishop of Capetown Desmond Tutu, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The FIA is also promoting 10 Golden Rules for Safer Motoring, a set of simple tips intended to help motorists improve their driving behaviour. These rules hope to assist motorists in reaching a golden standard of motoring and to remind them of their responsibilities to themselves, their passengers and all other road users.
Download the FIA Golden Rules in one of our 27 languages:
FIA GOLDEN RULES
I WANT TO BE SAFE
I PROMISE TO:
All passengers are my responsibility
RESPECT THE HIGHWAY CODE
My car is made of metal, pedestrians and children are not
Rules are there to protect us all
OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT
CHECK MY TYRES
When I am drunk or on drugs, I am a danger on the road.
Calling and texting make me dangerous.
Getting there late is better than not at all.
PROTECT MY CHILDREN
Keep them safe in car seats.
STOP WHEN I’M TIRED
WEAR A HELMET
BE COURTEOUS AND CONSIDERATE
Respect other drivers.
Amanda Gambacorto, 21, of the Belford section of Middletown, was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune (Sunday August 18 2014) at 1:20 p.m., less than an hour after the crash, State Police Capt. Stephen Jones said.
Gambacorto was participating in a driving clinic involving the small race cars and was going around an asphalt track when she lost control of the car and hit a wall.
Gambacorto's LinkedIn page says she is a student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and another website says she was studying environmental humanities and philosophy.
Brick-based Green Flag Driving Experience, a recreational racing company, operates the program at Wall Stadium for novices as well as for advanced race car drivers.
Its website describes the three-quarter midget cars as small-scale race cars “with a very high power-to-weight ratio” that can reach speeds of more than 90 mph.
TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT
John Rubio (Melbourne, Fl) was racing on the Gandy Bridge when he struck a Tampa police car.
By JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA
TAMPA — On sultry summer nights, the crowds still gather to watch the street races.
Two cars sit side by side, waiting for a signal. Tires screech and the cars speed off into the darkness. The crowd roars.
It's been a common scene for decades, especially on or
near Gandy Bridge and the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Police know of the
problem but acknowledge it's hard to do more than chase the racers to
Still, they try.
On Sunday, a Tampa police sergeant was injured while
working an anti-racing detail on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Police
said two drivers hit speeds of more than 100 mph in the late-night race
before one man crashed.
John Rubio, 34, of Melbourne, tried to avoid hitting
another vehicle that wasn't in the race, police said. He lost control of
his car, hit a guardrail and scraped down the road until he hit a
police car driven by Tampa police Sgt. Thomas Miller.
Miller saw the driver lose control and tried to speed up
to get out of the way. Rubio still slammed into the cruiser from behind.
Miller received minor injuries. Rubio wasn't injured. He
was arrested and charged with reckless driving and unlawful racing on a
highway, police said.
Police say they know what attracts racers to the bridges.
“It's a long stretch of road,” said Janelle McGregor,
spokeswoman for the Tampa Police Department, which has had an initiative
for about a quarter century to stop street racing. “It's a flat,
straight stretch of road.”
Last year Tampa police investigated 19 cases of street
racing from Jan. 1 to Aug. 12. So far this year, they've had 11 cases.
All the investigations led to arrests, McGregor said.
Tampa police monitor street races based on intelligence
investigators have picked up - often from social media - or simply by
routine, McGregor said.
“We monitor the roadways on weekends and late at night when street racing is known to take place,” she said.
On the Courtney Campbell Causeway last year, spectators
pulled out their cameras as a gray Honda Civic and yellow Ford Mustang
came speeding by, according to a police report.
Two adult men were arrested for racing; a 16-year-old girl was cited as a passenger in a vehicle and released to her parents.
These drivers put not just themselves at risk, McGregor said.
“It creates a danger for the innocent drivers using the roadways,” she said.
Street racing comes and goes in popularity, said Mike Puetz, a St. Petersburg police spokesman.
These days, many of the events are organized through
social media. Even on sites such as YouTube, a number of videos of races
are posted with references to Gandy Bridge and the Courtney Campbell
When police get wind the races are occurring, they organize to stop it, Puetz said.
Police officers investigate, issue tickets and make
arrests. They can impound the vehicles used in the races for 30 days.
Passengers and spectators can also be cited.
But it doesn't end the cycle.
“At the end of the day it causes those folks not to give up on racing but to move to where police are not at,” Puetz said.
MARION COUNTY, Fla. —A teenage girl died after she crashed a race car at a Marion County speedway on Saturday. (March 22, 2014).
The Marion County Sheriff's Office says 15-year-old Niokoa Johnson was driving a race-ready Nissan Sentra when she lost control of the vehicle during her second lap.
She was the only driver on the track at the Bubba Raceway Park along Gainesville Road when the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators said Johnson's car hit a concrete barrier, and witnesses told deputies that it was her first time driving at the track.
Johnson was unconscious when racetrack workers and others got her out of the Sentra. She was taken initially to Ocala Regional Medical Center, then flown to Shands Medical Center in Gainesville.
Johnson was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. Sunday.
A statement from Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Judge Cochran said, "The Marion County Sheriff's Office will continue to look into this incident as an accidental death investigation."
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
announced it has finalized an agreement to purchase the Performance Industry Trade Show and move it from Orlando to Indianapolis in 2013.
WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -
Despite a deadly accident at the Auburndale Speedway Saturday night, the races will go on this coming weekend.
Tyler Morr, a 12-year-old from Arcadia, had been stabilized with life-threatening injuries at Lakeland Regional Medical Center on Saturday night before getting transferred to All Children's Hospital, where he died Wednesday afternoon.
The track's owner, Rex Guy, said it was like losing one of his own children.
Guy said Morr was in the outside lane in his stock car, when he struck another car in the inside lane, but then lost control and slammed into the outside wall.
There were four other drivers who were not harmed. Guy said all of the drivers were properly harnessed and wearing helmets.
And their cars are not supposed to exceed 45 miles per hour. The Polk County Sheriff's Office has not yet been able to determine how fast Morr was going when his car crashed.
As you might imagine, reaction around town is mixed, about young kids, no matter how experienced, getting behind the wheels of cars.
"You never have enough experience," said Jackie Withers. "Even if you're 18 or 23, you still don't have enough experience."
"I think there should be an older age limit , 15 to 16 is what I'd look at you know," said Eric Guthrie, "when they start getting their driving permits and stuff."
"If my daughters were racing, I would know the risks," said Tammy Ryan. "I mean, you still want them to do what they do, what they enjoy in life, that's ultimately it I guess, and unfortunately, he died doing what he enjoyed."
This weekend they will be racing again at Auburndale, and the track's owner said they'll be passing a hat to raise donations for the Morr family.
Guy said they've gotten calls from all over the country, folks wanting to help them out.
MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Bond was set Friday at $260,000 for the man accused of hitting and killing a 45-year-old man on Miami Beach.
Joao Paulo Escudero Mauro, 20, of Aventura, stood in front of a judge Friday. He is charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, cocaine possession and carrying a driver’s license with a fake birthday on it.
The judge said once Escudero Mauro posts the bond, he’ll be held on GPS-monitored house arrest at his family’s home in Aventura. He was also ordered to surrender his passport after prosecutors argued he is a flight risk.
Police said Escudero Mauro was driving a silver Mercedes SUV northbound on Collins Avenue at a high rate of speed early Thursday morning when he suddenly swerved into the parking lane at 39th Street.
According to Mauro’s arrest affidavit, he was doing more than 60 mph on a street where the posted limit is 30 mph.
The SUV struck 45-year-old Russell Knudson who was trying to load his bike into a gold Toyota and then slammed into a light pole which toppled to the ground. Knudson has just left work.
Neither the driver of the Toyota or the six people in the SUV was hurt.
A small bag of cocaine was found on the scene and Escudero Mauro’s arrest report said officers noted a “white powdery substance in his left nostril.”
His defense attorney argued Friday that it was simply dust from the air bag that went off.
“Judge, there is nothing in this probable cause affidavit indicating that he was driving and he was impaired,” said the attorney.
The judge asked about the white, powdery substance on his nostrils and the defense lawyer replied, “It was simply from the air bag that deployed in his face.”
The prosecutor countered with the argument that Escudero Mauro failed all of the field sobriety tests, however, police said on-scene breathalyzer test was below the legal limit at .007.
During questioning, Mauro said he had been drinking earlier in the evening. He also said he swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle which had stopped in front of him.
According to police, Mauro had on him a Brazilian state identification card which had an altered birth date which indicated that he was older than 21 years old.
Police said Mauro is from a wealthy family in Brazil and would be considered a flight risk if released on bail. The Brazilian Consulate was notified of his arrest.
Mauro was a racecar driver. Online there are numerous images and articles about him noting that he raced in the U.S. and Canada.