Beirut- Kunhadi launched the Helmet Campaign during Kunhadi 4th Anniversary yesterday during a seminar at Holiday Inn Dunes Lebanon. The event followed a cocktail reception.
This historical happening ended with Kunhadi staff distributing 1,200 helmets to Libanpost and restaurant employees. The ngo will give out 850 helmets for Internal Security Forces (ISF) motor bikers in January of 2011.
â€œ$1.4 billion or 4% of GDP is the cost of road crashes annually,â€ said Fady Gebrane, founder and president of Kunhadi association, â€œThe rate allocated for road crashes should not exceed the sum of $100 million.â€
If the Internal Security Forces (ISF) regulates and enforces speed limits then road accidents will decrease by 35%. Gebrane showed the organizationâ€™s campaign projects in 2010 and the future plans for 2011.
Both Asia Injury Prevention Foundation Chief Executive Officer Greig Craft, and Driving Instructors Association (DIAmond) Group Manager Mr. Steven Garrod said a word on road safety.
Mrs. Lena Gebrane, Kunhadi founder, and May Khalil, Beirut Marathon President, presented Antoinette Hanna Mrad and two high school volunteers with an award for registering 720 Notre Dame de Louaize students for the Beirut Marathon.
Some proceeds go to Kunhadi Charity for Road Safety.
Mr. Fady Gebrane presented an awareness session on motorcyclist safety to the audience. Audience comprised, Kunhadi Celebrity Singer, Sabine Foucho.
Minister Ziad Baroud talked about taking road safety initiatives to the Vice President himself in order to improve the current situation.
â€œDuring an observation lasting ninety minutes, I recorded at least fifty bikers passing by without a safety helmet on the main street.â€ said Ziad Baroud, minister of interior and municipalities.
â€œBikers think the red light applies solely to 4 wheeled vehicles and not to them.â€ said Marwan Kheir â€“Eddine, Mawared Bank CEO, â€œthey run the red light all the time thinking it is permissible.â€