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The Minister of Infrastructure Dr Peter Gašperšič has hosted Jean Todt, the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety

The Minister of Infrastructure Dr Peter Gašperšič today received Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety and President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.

"In 2014 all stakeholders implementing measures to improve road safety joined forces and the results of our common endeavours were not long to come: last year the rate of road traffic deaths in Slovenia was the lowest ever. Together, we are deeply committed to Vision Zero, no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic. Our wish is to be the best not only in Europe, but the whole world" said Mr Gašperšič in his address to the meeting attended by Ms Vesna Györkös Žnidar, Minister of the Interior, Ms Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, and other stakeholders.
 
According to data provided by the Public Agency for Traffic Safety the total number of traffic accidents in 2017 decreased by 2.5% in comparison to 2016, and in the same period the number of accidents involving death or serious injuries decreased by 5.8%. The number of road traffic deaths decreased by one-fifth. Last year 104 persons lost their life in traffic accidents.
 
"Slovenia is making good progress in traffic safety, which remains our common priority, together with the responsibility to make Vision Zero a reality. Slovenia is a small country with a small population, and may make this vision zero a reality and serve as an example to other countries", pointed out the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety.
 
Peter Gašperšič and Jean Todt also visited the Ljubljana cemetery Žale, where they paid their respects to the road traffic victims, laid a wreath at their monument and met the families of the victims. Then they visited the regional Traffic Information Centre in Dragomelj, whose task is to contribute to increased safety of traffic users; the guest was presented the Centre's awareness-raising campaigns for the promotion of road safety, and the car rollover simulator, which is used to raise traffic users' understanding of the importance of fastening their seatbelt. The visit was terminated at the Safe Driving Centre of the Automobile Association of Slovenia in Vransko.