ARRIVE ALIVE is a non-governmental organization, funded by public and private donations, dedicated to saving lives and preserving lifestyles.
ARRIVE ALIVE was founded on December 31st, 2004. From inception, our primary objective was to bring the high levels of road carnage and overall lack of road safety to the national forefront.
We began our mission as nothing more than a group of concerned citizens, with roles and responsibilities being allocated amongst the initial group of core supporters. The organization was quickly formalized and incorporated as a non-profit company on July 19th, 2005.
In order to ensure accountability, the organization also then appointed its first directors, auditors (Price Waterhouse Coopers) to guarantee transparency in all our operations. Our treasurer is BDO, another well recognized accounting firm.
This passion for road safety continues amongst our directors, small staff and volunteers, and our mission and vision has never been clearer.
ARRIVE ALIVE continues to partner with many direct stakeholders, road safety NGOs and corporate sponsors in Trinidad & Tobago, as well as local personalities including athletes, artists and soca artistes.
This collective effort of many has resulted in a gradual decline in the number of serious road traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities over the years. Our road safety messages are everywhere but, unfortunately, the fact remains that the road injury and fatality rate in Trinidad & Tobago remains unacceptably high.
As a road safety NGO, we will continue to lobby for safer drivers, safer roads and safer vehicles. We will lobby for better more enhanced legislation. We will lobby for road safety audits of the black spot locations.
Our Board is small and includes accountants, engineers, and entrepreneurs who are passionate about our country.
To advocate for better road traffic management systems and to support and educate the various stakeholders on the complex issues of road safety through inter-agency collaboration and intervention and to positively impact the behaviour of all road users so as to preserve lifestyles and save lives.
Keeping families together with ZERO fatalities.
- Every 16.8 minutes a traffic collision occurs on our roads.
- Every hour spent on our roads is a 25% chance of experiencing a collision.
- Trinidad & Tobago ranks 15th in the world with 14.1 Road Traffic Deaths per 100k Inhabitants: an average of 196 fatalities per year from 2006-2015.
- Road fatalities are predicted to increase by 67% in developing countries by 2020 without intervention (WHO).
As a member of the United Nations, Trinidad & Tobago is compelled to commit to the UN/WHO Decade to Action for Road Safety. The UN has a fully developed Road Safety Plan for its member countries to implement, which was launched on May 20th, 2010. The goal is to reduce road fatalities by 50% by 2020.
The UN/WHO Action Plan for Traffic Management is centered on the 5 E’s of Road Safety: Enforcement. Education. Engineering. Emergency Response. Evaluation.
ARRIVE ALIVE has been relentless in lobbying successive governments for the implementation of measures in line with this action plan:
- Dramatically increase police enforcement of existing road traffic laws, including DUI and speed violations.
- Reform the Licensing System to include Defensive Driving and Risk Management Training and Education for all drivers.
- Proper construction and maintenance of roads and road surfaces, installation of cable barriers, lighting, signage, lines and the reintroduction of roundabouts at complex intersections in keeping with “more forgiving roads” and a minimum 3 star international rating.
- Introduce, utilize and constant enforce the Breathalyzer, Speed Guns and Speed Cameras.
- Amend the Motor Vehicle Road Traffic Act to close all gaps negatively affecting road safety.
- Set up a Road Safety Lead Body with all direct stakeholders and major road safety advocates to share information and be accountable for injury and death reduction.
Include in our country’s annual financial planning, a road safety budget to facilitate on-going education, implementation of road safety furniture, maintenance of roads, enforcement, training, and standards to ensure the safety of all road users.