The Ukrainian government will spend about 75 million U.S. dollars next year for the implementation of road safety projects, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said on Thursday.
"We are developing the first ever national program to improve the safety of the country's roads," Omelyan was quoted as saying by the Infrastructure Ministry's press service.
According to him, 75 percent of the programs' funds will be covered by the state, while the rest money will come as an aid from the European Union.
Under the program, the government plans to install road safety cameras across the country, erect engineering barriers in areas with high risk of traffic accidents, carry out an awareness campaign on road safety and implement a series of other measures, Omelyan said.
The program will contribute to achieving the government's target to halve the number of casualties in traffic accidents by 2020, the minister added.
From January through September this year, 2,317 people lost their lives and about 25,000 others were injured on Ukraine's roads.
According to local experts' estimates, traffic accidents cost Ukraine about 2.5 percent of its annual gross domestic product.