Deputy Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Spyros Vougias on Wednesday stressed the government's determi-nation to take measures to reduce the number of deaths due to traffic accidents in Greece. Vougias was speaking during a two-day conference of European transport ministers marking the launch of the "Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020".
Vougias said the 3rd strategic plan for road safety in Greece set a target of reducing traffic accident deaths by 50 percent by 2020, from 1281 to 640, and intermediate targets of 100 fewer dead by 2014 and 50 fewer dead each year until 2020.

He said a decisive factor for reducing traffic accidents was a stricter traffic code but also proper enforcement by traffic police and proper behaviour on roads by the public, from school children to elderly drivers.