MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT
European Road Safety Charter
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Good practice submission

Good practice submission

What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
Many road accidents occur in settlements; the most common causes are failure to comply with the rules on priority road and excessive speed. The COPS@road system reduces traffic accidents on dangerous road sections up to 90 % without major interventions in the existing infrastructure. With the model of joint financing, we can overcome difficulties and financial constraints of Slovenian municipalities and help them equip dangerous road sections with innovative and efficient solutions.The main issues are traffic accidents on dangerous road sections where there are no other solutions due to infrastructural or financial limitations. Common to all of them is an increased risk of road accidents due to poor visibility (intersections with blind spots, non-transparent underpasses, problematic passages etc.). Another major issue being addressed with the project is the current economic situation and the lack and of financial resources of Slovenian municipalities for intelligent and efficient traffic solutions.
What are your objectives? 
The aim of the project was to install this system on the most dangerous road sections in the country, especially where municipalities would not be able to finance the project by themselves.
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Sunday, 1 June, 2014 to Saturday, 31 December, 2016
Name of action 

In the Slovenian start-up company A.s.K, we have developed an intelligent collision prevention system COPS@road (Collision Preventing Safety System). This is a warning system with detection and signs to alert drivers in real-time to increase their caution on dangerous road sections. The insurance company Zavarovalnica Triglav runs several projects and activities for increasing road safety in Slovenia. As part of the project Working Together to Promote Improved Traffic Safety in Slovenia, Zavarovalnica Triglav is co-funding placing COPS@road warning systems in various regions of Slovenia. Closely cooperating with Slovenian municipalities, who can apply for financial support for this system, both partners run active communication campaign to increase road safety.
In June 2014 we launched the campaign with a call for Slovenian municipalities, inviting them to apply for co-funding of the innovative intelligent system COPS@road for dangerous road sections. The main co-funder, Zavarovalnica Triglav, granted a financial budget to equip 12 dangerous road sections with COPS@road warning systems within one year. Therefore, each municipality had to pay only 40 % of the system cost, another 40 % was paid by Zavarovalnica Triglav and 20 % was contributed by A.s.K.
One of the main criteria for choosing the most appropriate road sections were the road accident statistics, for which we closely cooperated with local police offices and municipalities.
By July 2015, we had chosen and installed the COPS@road systems on 10 intersections around Slovenia in the municipalities of Krško, Zagorje ob Savi, Novo mesto, Ribnica, Hoče-Slivnica, Litija, Prevalje, Beltinci, Mengeš, Žalec and 2 underpasses in Trebnje and Ptuj. More than 150 road accidents, including some fatal crashes, have been recorded in past years at these 12 dangerous junctions that have now been fitted with the COPS@road warning system.
Alongside each, we actively run communication on increasing road safety.
First results
The first 6 systems were installed in November/December 2014 and after reviewing Police statistic one year later in November 2015, we found that only 2 accidents had occurred this year on all 6 road sections where, statistically speaking, more than 90 accidents were recorded in the last 5 years.
Continuation of the project in 2016
Since the first campaign ended successfully and there was interest in cooperating in the future, we set further goals for cooperation with the main aim of increasing traffic safety and decreasing road accidents even more. 
In January 2016, we released a new call for Slovenian municipalities to apply for co-funding from Zavarovalnica Triglav for COPS@road warning systems with a value up to 5,000 EUR. We are aiming to equip another 12 dangerous road sections in 2016. The call for municipalities is open until February 19, 2016. In the new season, when possible, we will also focus on children, so we will implement the mascot of Zavarovalnica Triglav Kuža Pazi (“Watch doggy”), who is designed to educate children on safety and responsible behaviour.
Improvements to the COPS@road warning system
In the company A.s.K, we were able to technically develop the COPS@road system even further and in 2016 we are presenting a new generation of the system with detection and warning displays for a broader spectrum of road sections – intelligent warning alerts on priority lanes, alerts on pedestrian crossings, alerts on road sections that are dangerous for cyclists, unprotected railroad crossings etc. Furthermore, the system now enables us to record extensive statistics of traffic metrics (traffic density, speed, number of ‘car encounters’ etc.) and also contains information on actual slowdowns of vehicles upon activation of the warning signal.

How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
In 2014 and 2015 after installing COPS@road systems at each location, we organized formal ‘openings’ of each system for locals and media representatives with local Mayors, directors of Regional units of Zavarovalnica Triglav and the director of A.s.K to present and promote the novelty (COPS@road warning system) in the local area. Until now we recorded 118 (uncomissioned) articles in local and national media about the project. All of them positive. In 2015 we filmed a short movie about the COPS@road system and our project – in the Slovene language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofb9vpNlsJU In 2016 we will communicate about the project mainly through local media during the campaign and we will communicate the results at the end of the campaign to the national media.
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
The main aim of the project is to decrease road accidents on road sections fitted with the COPS@road warning systems. We are/will monitor the results over time to make sure that the systems are effectively increasing road safety. For these results, we will have to cooperate closely with local Police officers. In the attachment, you shall find recorded statistics of road accidents before and after the installation of COPS@road systems.Due to the improved technology behind the COPS@road warning systems in future (2016) we will be able to monitor and measure the real slowdown of detected vehicles and other traffic metrics and accordingly adjust the function of the system or prepare suggestions for further actions for the authorities.