Blood on Highway 106, twenty-seven dead in 2022 alone
CATANZARO – Already during the Conference of Group Leaders of the Regional Council on 9 February, the institutional body set the discussion on the 106 Jonica state road as a priority, committing the regional council to support a specific and direct negotiation with the Government to define the construction of a type B road infrastructure (four lanes – two for each direction of travel) and at the same time the appointment of an ad acta Commissioner, to use the proposal of the Calabria Region relating to the 2021 – 2025 program contract between Anas and Government as a priority tool for the allocation of financial resources adequate to the objective, to verify the possibility of using resources from the Complementary fund linked to the Pnrr, to support a necessary rebalancing of the Fsc Fund 2021-2025 in the light also of the recent Cipess resolution which sees an allocation of resources to Calabria absolutely insufficient, to active re in competition with the Government a specific interlocution, given also the recent inclusion of the Calabrian SS 106 within the transnational networks in order to find further funding at European level, also through the PON 2021-2027.
Alongside and in support of this, the population remains standing and makes itself heard, organized in a standing committee, still taking to the streets “not to forget the many, too many victims of the SS 106 and to awaken consciences”. Hence the torchlight procession that will be held today, starting from Corigliano-Rossano, to remember Luca Laudone, and all the victims of road 106, who lost his life on 10 January 2022 (LAWS). The 19-year-old, in fact, lost control of his car at the same point where another motorist had lost control 7 days earlier. The event is organized by the association “Enough Victims on State Road 106” together with the Church of Maria Ss Immacolata and the free sponsorship of the municipal administration of Corigliano-Rossano.
The promoters, in a statement released in support of the initiative, state: «Anas Spa not only failed to restore the torn off guardrail but placed completely empty plastic new jerseys which, unfortunately, were unable to hold the Luca’s car ended up in the ditch next to the road and, in the tragic impact, the 19-year-old young man lost his life. It should also be remembered that Anas itself, immediately after Luca’s death, restored the guardrail in less than a week while only a month ago it carried out the restoration work on the road surface which was in unspeakable conditions, it was so ill “..
In 2022 alone there were 27 victims of the SS 106: of these 12 in the province of Cosenza, 6 in the province of Crotone, 5 in the province of Catanzaro and 4 in the province of Reggio Calabria. While there are 16 dead on the 106 who were under 45 years old. Compared to 2021, in which there were 21 victims, we have experienced a marked deterioration.CopyAMP code
For this reason – the organizers add – «we wanted to organize the Torchlight Procession: with the hope that the lights of the torches will illuminate the conscience of those who drive and travel along the notorious and sadly known “road of death” but also the conscience of the Institutions and of the bodies that should ensure that a road which is unfortunately counted among the most dangerous in Italy is safe”.