French President backs FIA road safety campaign
President François Hollande of France has endorsed the FIA’s ‘Action for Road Safety’ campaign.
President Hollande, French Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, and the President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Pierre Fillon, joined FIA President Jean Todt to show their support for global action to tackle road traffic injuries, and to remind all drivers of their responsibility to be safe, at the start of the Le Mans 24 hour motor race.
The French President posed for a photo together with the FIA World Endurance Championship’s road safety ambassadors on the track to show the event’s support of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. The global initiative is supported, in part, through a grant from the FIA Foundation.
The FIA Action for Road Safety campaign was also featured at a stand located in the heart of the Le Mans 24 Hours village. Hosted jointly by the FIA, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the local Préfecture de la Sarthe, it showcased global and local road safety key statistics and highlights some of the important steps taken at both levels in a bid to decrease road fatalities.
The FIA is working to raise the public’s awareness of its ‘10 Golden Rules’ for safer motoring with over 30,000 leaflets distributed over the week to remind road users of their responsibilities, while also inviting fans to sign and commit to the FIA road safety online pledge at fia.com/pledge.
Jean Todt, President of the FIA, said: “It is both an honour and a pleasure to receive the support of the President of the Republic for the FIA’s road safety campaign. With 3,500 road fatalities daily, including 500 children, there is a real urgency to improve road safety worldwide. An event like Le Mans provides a perfect occasion to reach the general public and spread the road safety message through the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign.”