Road Traffic Accidents in Greece – Institute of Public Health, ACG

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Institute for public health road traffic accidents

An online event about the serious problem of the road traffic accidents in Greece, was organized by the Institute of Public Health, The American College of Greece on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, featuring presentations by Eleftherios Oikonomou, Deputy Minister of Citizens’ Protection and Panagiotis Behrakis, Pulmonologist – Intensivist, Director, Institute of Public Health – The American College of Greece, in the context of the 6th Series of Lectures, 2020-2021.

A survey conducted by The Institute of Public Health, The American College of Greece, in 2020, showed that road accidents were the most important public health risk for the Greek public. This led to the recent survey, also conducted by The Institute of Public Health, The American College of Greece, specifically focusing  on the drivers’ behavior usually associated with increased risk for road accidents.

The conclusions of this survey  were presented during the event, in an effort to help solve the problem and assist the Government and all engaged bodies to better understand the profile of the Greek driver who is most likely to engage in an accident and take prevention and precautionary measures.

Based on the IPH  survey, participants, including professional drivers as well, reported breaking the traffic rules such as accelerating to pass with yellow traffic light(54%), exceeding speed limit (49%), use of mobile and GPS while driving(49%), no use of seat belt(24%) and alcohol consumption(13%), all documented major causes of accidents.

It has been statistically proven that the highest percentage of responsibility for road accidents lies with the human factor, under the triple capacity of driver – passenger – pedestrian and according to World Bank’ data, the financial cost of road accidents is calculated to 1-3% on each state’s GDP.

As the Deputy Minister presented, the main factors responsible for road accidents are human behavior, road quality characteristics and vehicle condition. Both the Deputy Minister and Professor Behrakis highlighted the crucial importance of the human factor and consequently  the need for  specifically designed  driver’s education. Professor Behrakis  announced that the new IPH project commenced with this survey, is to tackle road accidents through science and education; using the same method as for smoking prevention we will start from the early school age our aim to shape a new generation,  the conscious adult pedestrian and driver of tomorrow.

 

Photos from the Lecture