ACI - Automobile club d’Italia
Federation of 106 Provincial Automobile Clubs. It represents and protects the interests of Italian motoring, promoting its development by the widespreading of a new mobility culture. Entrusted by the State with the running of some public services such as the Public Register of Motor vehicles. Over 2500 employees
1. 2010 PROJECT "Target 2010: A Goal for Life" is a road safety initiative which will characterise ACI activities for the next four years. "Target 2010: A Goal for Life" is a project involving the participation of the entire ACI, as well as any other public or private organisation at the local or national level which wishes to join and supports the achievement of the 2010 goal: a 50% reduction in the number of death and injuries on roads in 2010. The starting date will be World Road Safety Week (23-29 April 2007), to be announced by the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. The week will be devoted to young people, ranging from children to newly-licensed drivers, since they represent the road users who are most at risk. Furthermore, signatures from all over Italy will be collected during 2007 for the FIA Foundation road safety campaign. These signatures should support the petition to be sent to the United Nations Secretary General during the General Assembly of November 2007 to request wider engagement on road safety. The same petition will be sent to the Italian government to request that adequate funds for road safety be allocated.
2. ACCIDENTS LOCALISATION - EURORAPThis will improve the quality of data surveys on road accidents in Italy by analysing especially dangerous roads where a high rate of accidents occurs. This procedure will allow us to analyse the safety levels of the roads concerned, rank these levels according to the risk potential ("Road Protection Score") and generate specific risk maps in line with the protocols of the European EuroRAP programme. The initiative will enable motorists to get information on the potential danger of some roads, as well as to inform road owners/administrators, thus making appropriate improvement measures possible.
3. BLACK SPOT The "Black Spot" project aims to provide special roads signs that, while distinct from those of the highway code, emphasise those road sections where statistics show serious road accidents ("black spots") have occurred in the last three years. This should make motorists more aware on their driving behaviour, and encourage them to take into account the presence of higher risk levels in concerned road sections. ACI plans to place these signs on ordinary national, regional and provincial roads: roads where a great number of accidents and deaths are reported according to ACI-ISTAT statistics (roads where both the risk of accident and fatality is high); roads with a great number of fatalities (roads where the risk of an accident is high and, in the case it occurs, is likely to be fatal); and roads with a great number of accidents (road sections where an accident is very likely to occur). In this way it will be possible to:
1. Contribute to identifying those road sections with special problems in terms of road accidents.
2. Inform motorists travelling on those sections where accidents are more frequent about the necessity of maintaining proper driving behaviour in line with higher risk levels.
3. Stimulate companies managing the roads in question to seek infrastructural and functional solutions, thus limiting and reducing accidents on the sections of greatest risk.The projects are obviously subject to the prior authorisation of the various companies and operators managing the road sections concerned.
4. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DRIVING SCHOOLS ACI will be involved in drafting documents on training issues with the goal of enriching the present (and mainly technical) didactic approach by promoting and fostering the development of a safe culture of mobility. This can be done by providing information on road accidents, consequences of the consumption of drugs and alcohol when driving, general concepts of sustainable mobility, driving practices as something which must be studied by the members of a civilised society, etc.Driving schools which incorporate this supplementary training will be issued a special certificate.