Associations in Giovannini, “Road safety plan blames the victims, you change it”

“The strategy for the next 10 years put in place by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility against road violence is once again the blaming of the most vulnerable road users, pedestrians and cyclists,” so that they take the appropriate precautions to avoid accidents and injuries “And a de-responsibility of motor vehicle drivers who, according to Mims,” ​​are not always able to perceive the presence of pedestrians and cyclists “without considering instead that it is excessive speed driving powerful motor vehicles, together with distraction, the main cause of road accidents “.

This was written in a long “technical report” sent today to Minister Enrico Giovannini over 20 associations and cycle-environmentalist realities, including Fiab, Salvaiciclisti, Greenpeace, Legambiente, the Scarponi and Guccione foundations. The observations put forward a series of proposals, including the general adoption of the 30 km / h Zones in urban areas and the “suspension of the driving license from 1 week to 3 months from the first violation for those who use mobile phones while driving for uses other than navigation and calls with earphones or hands-free “.

In their observations to the National Road Safety Plan, the signatories ask the minister to “change the addresses of the PNSS” and a meeting to explain in detail critical points and alternative proposals. “The plan is largely based on the empowerment of those who suffer from road violence – the report reads -: pedestrians and cyclists, children and the elderly, resulting in the blaming of the victims (a phenomenon often unaware and already sadly known as” victim blaming “In the field of gender violence)”.

“On the other hand, there is a lack of responsibility of those who instead cause the accidents, the drivers of motor vehicles, according to all the statistical data that see excessive speed, distraction while driving and lack of precedence as the first three causes. fund, which then conditions many of the conclusions of the plan, moves Italy further and further away from the current EU objectives which envisage reducing the number of road deaths to almost zero (so-called Vision Zero) by 2050, rather than following the example of the countries that have achieved the best results in terms of road safety “.