Driverless cars are the right step towards road safety in Malta, at least according to Health Minister Chris Fearne.
His comments were made earlier today at the Road Safety Conference, held in collaboration with the World Health Organisation on he World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Addressing the conference, Fearne stated that most road accidents are caused by drivers’ fatigue, poor driving judgement or speeding. Driverless cars can reduce this risk and is a movement in a safe direction, he said.
“Road traffic accidents are one of the highest causes of injury and death within the age groups 15-40”
He also mentioned that legislation and education are important to ensuring safety on the roads. UN SG Special Envoy on Road Safety, Jean Todt, agreed and noted that with the increasing population that Malta is currently experiencing, it is crucial that Malta steps up its road safety standards.
The main issue concerning road accidents in Malta is certainly law enforcement. And with 1,000 cars being introduced on the roads each month, it’s even more important that there be more education and increased responsibility on the road.