Swiss bus crash that killed 28 on UN road safety agenda

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Eva Molnar

Roads considered to be particularly safe can often leave drivers with a false sense of security, according to the United Nations agency which specializes in road safety.

This week, a working group of road safety experts will meet in Geneva and the recent bus crash in Swiss tunnel that killed 22 children and 6 adults is expected to be added to the agenda.

The Director of Transport for the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Eva Molnar says that drivers could become too relaxed if they feel roads are particularly safe and that in itself can be hazardous.

"There are a couple of countries in Europe that are considered to be particularly safe, Switzerland is one of them. But when you see that a country is very safe in road traffic, that creates new hazards, new risks for the participants, for the drivers, because we may become very relaxed. In a very safe environment we may not feel the danger as much as in a less safe environment and that could be perhaps an area that we will have to look at, as well through better driver training.”

In 2001, UNECE issued new safety recommendations following three major accidents in Alpine road tunnels.

I'm Julie Walker.

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