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Estonia Helps Explain Importance of Reflectors to Ukrainian Pedestrians

11.10.2010

No. 306-E

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the project of the Ukrainian non-profit organisation "Dobrochyn Centrep", which has the goal of increasing the safety of pedestrians in Ukraine’s Chernihiv region by developing the practice of wearing a reflector.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia would like to help Ukraine increase traffic safety and raise pedestrian awareness of safe behaviour in traffic. “Estonia’s experience shows that the compulsory wearing of reflectors during the darker months reduces the risk of traffic accidents involving pedestrians,” Paet stated. “When the days and daylight hours grow shorter, it is essential to remind pedestrians of safe behaviour and the necessity of wearing a reflector to avoid being involved in a traffic accident,” stated Foreign Minister Paet.

The 7-month project of the Ukrainian non-profit organisation "Dobrochyn Centrep" is to increase the awareness of the residents of Chernihiv regarding the importance of wearing a reflector for safe movement during the darker months of the year. Within the framework of the project, Estonia’s positive experiences with explaining the necessity of wearing reflectors will be shared with the prevention departments of the traffic police in all 23 districts of the Chernihiv region. Five local information networks will also be established that will begin to spread information on the importance of wearing a reflector.

According to information from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, more than half of the victims of traffic accidents are pedestrians. Statistics regarding Ukraine’s traffic situation over the past few years show that a person dies on the road every two hours. According to a study carried out by Ukraine’s traffic police, in half the cases where a pedestrian is hit by a car the fault lies with the pedestrian, and a majority of such accidents happen when it is dark. Wearing a reflector is not compulsory in Ukraine.

Ukraine is one of Estonia’s four development co-operation priority partners. Additional information on Estonia’s activities in the development co-operation sector: http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/55.

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