Traffic safety was the topic of discussion.
In 2004 in Russia more than two hundred thousand road and transport accidents took the lives of almost thirty five thousand people.
As the President of Russia pointed out, the most common causes of road accidents are consciously breaking traffic laws, aggressive driving,, irresponsibility and lawlessness.
In the head of state's opinion, such a situation cannot only be corrected by making punishments more severe and increasing fines. It is necessary to have more stringent requirements for drivers' preparation, to create a modern system of first aid and emergency assistance to help victims of traffic accidents, and to make solid and long-term investments into constructing and modernizing road networks.
Transport Minister Igor Levitin said that following the session the President instructed the government to consider issues of increasing the resources for constructing and repairing roads. The decision to create a governmental commission for enhancing traffic safety was made. According to Igor Levitin, it was decided that the punishment for drunk driving would be increased.