The General Directorate of Traffic observed the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims recently. A programme was held at Traffic Directorate Auditorium in Madina Khalid in addition to a traffic awareness exhibition in the visitors lounge.
Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, Director General, of General Directorate of Traffic and vice chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee opened the ceremony recalling that the United Nations General Assembly adopted in October 2005, to commemorate every third Sunday of November each year the tragedies and suffering of victims of road accidents and their families, considering road traffic fatalities as one of the major disasters that threaten the world .
As we meet today, remember the millions of victims deceased and injured on the roads all over the world and the tragedies of their families and friends. Do not forget to appreciate the efforts of the police and ambulance, civil defence and others who lost their lives as these incidents are repeated.’
Brigadier Al Kharji stated that the United Nations had issued its famous decade plan 2011 – 20120, ratified by all Member States, which called for reducing the number of deaths by 50% globally by 2020, and the adoption of sustainable development goals, which included for the first time the subject of traffic safety, congestion, urban planning, road networks, transportation, and its plan emphasises the adoption of an integrated system for traffic police to improve road safety, community awareness, urban planning, and responding after the accident among others to build a sustainable secure system.
He said that Qatar is one of the leading States in this area, as it has established the National Traffic Safety Committee, which is chaired by the Minister of the Interior. As well, the state prepared the national strategy for traffic safety, and developed an evaluation system and follow-up through the establishment of National Traffic Safety office and adoption of related UN resolutions.
Brigadier Kharji explained that the General Directorate of Traffic represent a significant role in the operational plan of the national strategy for traffic safety, where 89 plans are being implemented. These include accident response, information systems, traffic awareness, road engineering and accident investigation. 80% of these plans are implemented while 33 projects remain to be implemented over the next year.
Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al Maliki, Secretary of National Traffic Safety Committee, said that the State of Qatar is joining the international community in remembrance of road traffic victims. He highlighted that the United Nations General Assembly has showcased the activities of the State of Qatar in traffic safety on its website this year, noting that the National Traffic Safety Committee. As well, Qatar is a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), which was created by a resolution of the UN General Assembly to develop global policies that shall be implemented by the Member States.
Some of the road traffic victims such Ali Sharnai, Rashid Al Humaidi attended the function and asked the audience not to engage with mobile phones while driving and they should fasten the seat belt as these two were victims of accident due to these reasons.
The International Organisation of Social Responsibility headquartered in the US awarded the Traffic Directorate social responsibility award for the traffic awareness efforts. Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al Kharji received the award from the Yaqub Mohammed Bani Hudhail, president of the organisation.