Eighteen drivers or passengers of two-wheelers have died in the Alpes-Maritimes since the start of 2021. At this stage of the year the toll is heavier than in 2020 at the same period. This Saturday the Prefecture of the department organized a road safety operation at the port of Nice.
Drivers and passengers of two-wheelers are the most vulnerable on the road. In the Alpes-Maritimes department, they represent more than half of road deaths. Eighteen drivers or passengers of two wheels have been killed in the Alpes-Maritimes since the start of 2021. According to the Chief of Staff of the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes, Benoit Huber, “this trend is worsening over time. years because the traffic is more and more important. The toll has recently increased with the dramatic accident of Puget-Théniers involving two firefighters. At this stage of the year the toll is higher than that of 2020 at the same period. “
In this context, the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes is organizing this Saturday a prevention operation “road safety” with the association Vigi2roues among bikers taking the ferry to Corsica. At the port of Nice, some users were able to discover several workshops before taking the boat: a mystery motorcycle on which potential anomalies had to be found, demonstration of the triggering of airbag vests. The airbag vest is placed on the rider’s back, it protects the entire bust and spine. Only five percent of users have adopted it. According to Xavier Rugal, Vice-president of the motorcycle airbag promotion group, “it has existed for several years but it is still too little used, it is a shame because most traumas occur at the level of vital organs and this vest is triggered before the fall to the ground and the number of kills is thus considerably reduced. “
On August 12, Emmanuel Macron defended the suspension of the establishment of a technical control for two-wheelers from 2023 by the fact that it was not necessary “not to add constraints” to the French at a time when they are undergoing already the health crisis. The Minister for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, spoke of an “alternative device”. In the Alpes-Maritimes department, the fight against motorized two-wheeler accidents is an important issue: two-wheeled drivers account for 20% of those killed while they only represent 2% of road users.
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