Albania and Latvia join EASST network
In Albania, road safety is a serious public health issue and sadly road deaths are increasing. According to WHO statistics road fatalities rose from 12.7 per 100,000 population in 2010 to 15.1 in 2013.
The Automobile Club of Albania is non-profit organisation established in 2007. They became an FIA member in 2008 and since then have worked tirelessly to promote road safety in Albania receiving an “Excellence in Road Safety” award in 2016. In 2017 they will also be hosting the European Traffic Education Contest on Road Safety. In joining EASST they look forward to sharing expertise and helping to improve the road safety situation in Albania.
For the last twenty-two years the Latvian Auto-Moto Society has worked with motorists in order to fulfil its mission of providing technical assistance on roads as well as promoting road safety.
In 2015 Latvia was reported as having the “worst road safety record in the EU” with over 100 fatalities per million inhabitants recorded in the previous year. Rural areas were reported as the most dangerous, with 77 per cent of fatalities occurring on country roads. In response to this, LAMB initiated a ‘Drive Safely’ campaign in partnership with the FIA and Michelin, promoting the importance of technical car maintenance and raising driver awareness of traffic safety. Now, by working closely with EASST, LAMB hopes to improve Latvia’s road safety record and save more lives.