AND STRATEGY OF THE IMPACT PROJECT
The primary objectives of the
impact project are to design, construct and test rear underride guard structures
for trucks, trailers and semi trailers and to present solutions to government
Highlighting the problem and making society
aware of the mortal threat hidden in the rear ends of heavy vehicles are
objectives being carried out simultaneously.
Many accidents could be avoided with better
and if not, most people could be saved, with less severe injuries, if correct
rear underride guards were available. Therefore, improvement of rear end
conspicuity is also strongly recommended.
TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES PER YEAR...
...from many avoidable collisions with the
rear ends of trucks, preserving life by introducing effective underride
To design, construct and test
side and front underride guards for trucks and rear underride guards for
In order to press the government and awaken
the judicial system, the media and society to this problem, a campaign
was started in 1994, showing photos of the almost useless existing "underride
guards" and of real accidents where the guillotine effect played the main
The strategy consists of:
Designing and testing of effective underride
Presentations at Brazilian and international
congresses and safety seminars.
Publishing of reports in newspapers and magazines.
Radio and television interviews.
Creation of this web site.
Two denunciations were made to the Brazilian
Federal Attorney for Citizens Rights.
Three other denunciations were also made on
the initiative of the State Attorney.
Sending of a detailed project to the Brazilian
National Congress, in order to create another battle front.
Participating in the committee which is elaborating
a Brazilian standard for underride guards.
Sending of a technical project to DENATRAN
- DEPARTAMENTO NACIONAL DE TRÂNSITO (Brazilian National Department
of Traffic) in January 1997.