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GP Week : Issue 179
FIA President Jean Todt’s efforts to promote the governing body’s Action for Road Safety campaign gathered apace this week with the involvement of yet another National Sporting Authority (ASN). The FIA this week joined forces with the Indonesian police force to promote its campaign for road safety in the country with a particular focus on educating motorcycle riders on the use of helmets. Motorcycle accidents account for over 60 percent of the Indonesia’s reported 31,000 annual road deaths, and the government and police force are working with the FIA to promote road safety education and the FIA’s 10 Golden Rules with a view to halving the number of road deaths by the end of the current decade. Todt has made a global road safety a key element of his work as FIA president since being elected to replace Max Mosley in October 2009, linking the AfRS to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety, which aims to save five million lives by 2020. The FIA’s Action for Road Safety initiative, now in its third year, has been adopted by over 132 countries from Jamaica – with its popular “Make it Click” campaign, promoting the use of seatbelts – to the United Kingdom and Japan, where road safety education has been tailored to suit the needs of ageing populations who are often less aware of their slowing reaction times. Unlike predecessor Mosley, Todt has not spent his presidency concentrating solely on Formula One, the highest profile of the FIA’s many championships. Instead, the FIA president has kept a lower sporting profile while working hard with ASNs across the globe to promote a number of campaigns designed to guarantee a bright future for road users around the world. In addition to the AfRS campaign, the FIA are working with governments to develop integrated urban and rural transport policies, improved fuel economy, and international cooperation in motorsport from the grassroots level up. Todt has also roped in high-profile names including seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, and nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb to promote the AfRS campaign, and all cars competing in major FIA-sanctioned championships now carry stickers promoting responsible road use. “Road safety is a major scourge on society,” Todt said in January, at the launch of a study he commissioned to determine how the issue can best be kept at the top of government agendas. “When I see the input given to tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, by governments worldwide, I feel those issues are being dealt with in a consistent and appropriate manner. For me, road safety is not being addressed as it should be." F1 >>> NEWS Indonesia commits to Todt’s road safety initiative 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: