Road safety is the basic element of the sustainability of any transport system and is traditionally a point which identifies and qualifies the role and the action of motorway operators.
Safety is a priority for the operators of the SIAS group: the SIAS staff are committed daily to monitoring the traffic, intervening in the event of emergencies, protecting vehicles which break down on the road, activating the chain of control-command and information and managing the traffic and emergencies.
The heart of this kind of action requires not only the availability of operative means, but even more so highly qualified personnel, who have reached excellent standards on both domestic and European levels even in training.
Prevention plays a central role in the management of the safety policies. The technical departments of the SIAS operators are backed up by engineering companies, building companies and technological companies for developing a series of actions aimed at preventing and at improving the infrastructures: inspecting the works, design, preservative maintenance, improving the structures and the systems, technological development and improving the network.
Having well-built and efficient roads is essential for guaranteeing road safety. However, it unfortunately does not represent an absolute condition for guaranteeing total road safety. There may be vehicle malfunctions. The environmental factor is always lurking. However, it is the human factor that often dominates. The human factor means errors of calculation, which means distracted driving, falling asleep at the wheel, imprudence, which means driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and so on.
For this reason the road safety culture created and cultivated within the SIAS group has also contributed to the growth of our company: the ASTM-SIAS group has devised Autostradafacendo, a campaign which places great trust in man, focussing on the fact that a better informed driver will behave in a more virtuous manner, fostering his or her own safety as well as that of others.
Hundreds of initiatives and acknowledgements have been achieved by this activity which tends to contribute to the safety culture. The campaign has seen the involvement of 40 public and private organisations, it has received a great deal of official support and a protocol with the motorway police that is disseminating the results of our work domestically. The activities of Autostradafacendo have also been mentioned in the mid-term report of the United Nations decade of action for road safety (2011-2020).