NOVEMBER 12-14, 2015

The 6th Highway Traffic Safety Symposium & Exhibition took place in Ankara ATO Congress Center (Congresium) in between the dates of 12-14 November 2015 where the issues regarding the traffic safety and road transport had been approached multi-directionally and solution offers had been developed in compliance with the scientific considerations, and where information, methods and experiences had been shared along with the academicians, operators and related sector representatives and also technological products concerning the sector had been exhibited as well as theatre shows and education events took place for primary and secondary school students.

The 6th Highway Traffic Safety Symposium & Exhibition which had achieved a large amount of participation and interest, was organized by Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications and Council of Higher Education, and took place with the support and cooperation of universities, public institutes, corporations and non-governmental organizations.

Symposium opened with the participation of President of the Court of Cassation, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.

6th Highway Traffic Safety Symposium & Exhibition was not only about the symposium and the exhibition but was a big organization which had many events such as panels, sectoral presentations, education for children and also forums where technological products are presented.

The increase in the amount and the quality of the notifications presented in the symposium shows that the Highway Traffic Safety Symposium has become the largest in scope institutionalized academic organization of the country regarding the traffic sector. 79 oral presentations and 4 poster presentations took place during the symposium in 18 sessions and 3 different halls.

There was a session in the symposium where foreign speakers participated. Senior executives from (10) different countries who were responsible for the traffic controls had also participated to the symposium.

There was a panel in the symposium about "Safe Cities, Safe Traffic and Media Relation". There were also "Safe Cities, The Netherlands-Turkey Project" and "4.5G and Traffic Safety" themed sectoral presentations in the symposium.

Apart from the symposium and the panel, there was an exhibition that lasted three days with the participation of (76) companies of education, IT, auditing technologies, communication, substructure, industry and automotive sectors and also official enterprises which operate devoted to the traffic safety.  Trade and Investment Development Department of Poland Embassy had also opened a booth.

Notifications included the following subjects:

1.  Administration and Supervision of Highway Safety

All segments of the society have their substantial duties in order to prevent the traffic accidents which nowadays cause a great number of deaths and injuries. Enacting laws and establishing legislations are not sufficient as solutions on their own. Human factor who are to obey these also shall adopt them and shall continue their lives according to these laws and rules.  Therefore, people from all segments such as pedestrians, drivers, passengers control officers, shall all act responsibly.

The efforts shall carry on increasingly in order to achieve the objectives determined in the Highway Traffic Safety Strategy and Action Plan.  Along with the political support for keeping the traffic safety issue on the agenda and for carrying on with the action plan, there shall also be more financial support to the institutes and corporations related to the activities that are to be performed.

Traffic Electronic Inspection Systems (TEDES) are proved to be effective for determining and preventing the violation of traffic rules, and therefore these systems shall be extended for intercity highways as soon as possible. TEDES configurations for inner cities shall become widespread pursuant to the Highway Traffic Law as soon as possible.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (AUS), which their applications globally spread along with the developing information and communication technologies, serve crucial options in order to increase the highway safety for all parties. Modern applications in the scope of Intelligent Transportation Systems shall rapidly be brought into force for ensuring highway traffic safety. AUS design shall be in accordance and integrated with TEDES on the purpose of the electronic systems installed to the highway network to be able to read each other's data, in order to avert duplicate investments and protect the national wealth.

Effective inspection mechanisms shall be developed for drivers who carry loads and passengers in order to detect their conformity to the time and speed rules.

The execution of the Highway Traffic Safety Strategy and Action Plan, which aims a 50% increase of the deaths arising from traffic accidents until the end of 2020, shall efficiently proceed.

There will be a Traffic Safety Ministers Conference in Brazil in between the dates of 19-20 November, 2015 and according to the results obtained from this conference, the Highway Traffic Safety Strategy and Action Plan which aims for a 50% increase of the deaths arising from accidents shall be revised.

2. Safe Roads and Transportation

Transportation of the goods and passengers in the country shall gradually  directed to the sea and waterlines, airlines, pipelines, rail systems and combined transportations instead of highway transportation and those systems shall be used more frequently.

Inner city transportation substructure shall especially care for the human and environmental health and therefore projects shall be brought in to action regarding mainly public transportation (especially metro bus and railway systems) and where pedestrians and cycles are privileged.

Technical support from specialized agencies shall be provided in order to ensure the horizontal and vertical marking of the roads to be in accordance with the standards for the roads that are in charge of local authorities and provincial special administrations.

3. Safe Vehicles

The regulations for the withdrawal of the vehicles which have an extreme danger for traffic safety due to their economic and technical lives being ended shall carry on.

The "Wayside Inspection Stations" shall be more common which performs the vehicles size and weight checks and the inspections in coordination with the police shall be carried on.

The vehicles using the highways shall be technically sound and proper. However, a wide range of vehicles especially rubber tired tractors are being used without having their periodic technical tests done.  As a result of the inspections regarding this issue and agriculture vehicles safety project, there has been a decrease in the amount of the tractors not having their physical examination done. These applications are being carried forward.

Regarding the latest technological developments in the automotive sector and in accordance with the traffic lane tracking systems that is to be put to use globally anytime soon, the horizontal lining on the highways are becoming more important, and therefore public opinion shall be molded and  sector partners shall support  the efforts in this regard.

4. Safety of Road Users

Traffic education for the children shall start at a very young age and traffic awareness shall be raised in order to create an environment where there are less traffic accidents, deaths and injuries in future.  The human factor role on the traffic accidents is more than 90%. Drivers have a %87 share of this human factor role. There has not been a significant difference in these rates within the years.  In the interest of preventing the accidents and providing a safer transportation, policies shall be developed for the human factor and especially for drivers; awareness levels shall be increased and every type of strategy shall put into action in order to make them obey the rules. There is no other way for this purpose. Human oriented actions shall be performed and human factor shall be considered within the every step since the basis and the acting of the subject depend on humans.

The increase in the vehicle amount also has a significant role in the increase of accidents. However, this does not change the reality of the human factor borne faults being important. Therefore, traffic education and efforts for creating a traffic awareness are important.

This symposium is considered by sector partners to make a contribution on creating traffic awareness and preventing deaths, injuries and material losses arising from traffic accidents.   Information and experience sharing also took place with the participation of the foreign representatives.

In parallel with the global developments concerning the Highway Safety, there has been an increase in the scientific researches in the country in this regard.  The support of the universities and other institutes regarding the traffic safety shall step up and especially projects that have physical policy applications shall be supported.

High Education Board (YOK) and Security General Directorate have signed a protocol regarding the universities highway safety.  In the scope of this protocol, creating safe campuses and carrying out events on traffic safety in the universities shall be focused on.

5. Post-Accident Intervention

While configuring the drivers’ education system; post-accident first aid subject shall be accentuated and all the driver applicants shall receive adequate amount of first-aid education.

It's seen that post-accident first-aid services are improving every passing day. In this regard, actions to decrease intervention period must be paid attention for the emergency calls for accidents occur in inner city and rural areas.

6. Traffic and Law

Judicial, punitive and executive responsibilities occur as a result of traffic accidents. Most of the applications, transactions and cases for traffic accidents take place within the insurance companies and judicial justice.

Even though the traffic insurance law and general requirements for insurances are important to protect the rights, they are not known in detail by vehicle owners and accident victims. Understandable, explanatory and applicable information shall be submitted to all relevant parties in this regard.

Every traffic accident creates a judicial problem. The collection and the consideration of the evidences shall be performed carefully in order to solve the problem in compliance with the laws and in a righteous level.

The actions are to be carried on by Symposium Regulatory Board in the next symposiums and suchlike events according to the useful information and experiences revealed during the three days of this symposium. The increase on the participant amount and notification diversity shows that, the programs that are to be organized in the upcoming years are to be more sufficient and efficient. We hereby thank the Ministries and the General Management who have provided all type of support during the Symposium, the valuable notification presenters that gave their insights and opinions, participants, sponsors and our colleagues who worked hardly during this period and have a great effort and role in the success of the symposium and we wish to meet you all in the next symposium and wish you all safe days.