FIA Road Safety Exhibition launched at 2018 Youth Olympic Games
FIA President Jean Todt and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have today officially opened the FIA Road Safety Exhibition taking place at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires.
Assembled Members of the IOC, Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee Members, representatives from the City of Buenos Aires and international media were the first to experience the various interactive displays at the FIA event space, which feature the #3500LIVES Global Road Safety Campaign.
Spearheaded by the FIA, this campaign promotes simple and universal tips to make roads safer for all, the FIA’s Golden Rules for Road Safety, which were presented for the first time at the Youth Olympic Games. With road crashes being the number one cause of death for young people between the ages of 15-29 worldwide, these rules are especially relevant to the Youth Olympic Games. The campaign visuals, featuring 15 world-renowned ambassadors from the sport, music and film industries, will also be shown on billboards across Buenos Aires throughout the Games.
In 2017 the IOC signed an agreement with the IOC-recognised FIA committing itself to help promote road safety campaigns across the Olympic Movement network and ahead of sporting events. The IOC President is a member of the FIA High Level Panel for road safety, which brings together global leaders to promote innovative solutions to meet the road safety health and development challenge.
In the spirit of competition and bringing together both the Mobility and Sport pillars of the FIA, the second part of the Exhibition in Buenos Aires features an Electric Karting Experience. The track, which runs alongside the main Road Safety event space in Green Park, was opened with a demonstration from six young karters from the local area.
FIA President, Jean Todt, said: “This Road Safety Exhibition will be visited by thousands of people over the coming weeks here in Buenos Aires, and many of them will be the youngsters most at risk on the roads. For me it is essential to continue this work with the Youth Olympic Games to raise awareness and encourage safer mobility.”
The FIA Exhibition and E-Karting Experience will be open to all visitors to Green Park throughout the Games from 7-17 October
For me it is essential to continue this work with the Youth Olympic Games to raise awareness and encourage safer mobilityJean Todt FIA President
Toyota and road safety
Also present at the FIA booth in Green Park is the Road Safety Programme "Toyota y Vos" which has been developed by Toyota Argentina aiming at young people since 2008 and covering all major cities in the country with thousands of young people taking the course. Road safety is an important theme for Worldwide Top Partner Toyota, who has been conducting road safety activities all over the world aiming to realize the ultimate goal of zero traffic fatalities. The company will also bring their safety-first philosophy to Tokyo 2020 and will challenge to contribute to a safer game by equipping their vehicles with the latest safety technologies, introducing automated driving technologies, and using connectivity technologies for transportation support