SAFETY: AN OBSESSION
The safety of competitors, spectators and other accredited persons is the organisation’s primary concern.
Just like with any other major extreme sporting adventure, the Dakar is not without risk.
The organisation makes every effort to limit to these risks as much as possible.
Every year the safety procedures are revised and optimised.
Spectators areas and prevention
20,000 police officers and military personnel ensure the safety of the public and the rally.
- The Dakar is a tremendous success in South America (4 million spectators in 2017).
- We set up protected and monitored spectator areas to ensure spectator safety:
- Nearly 50 secure spectator areas will be put in place for the 2018 edition. In Peru in particular, these also prevent the public from trampling and damaging botanically or archaeologically sensitive areas.
- An extensive communication campaign (written press, radio, television, poster campaign) will be launched well ahead of the start of the event to inform the public about appropriate behaviour.
- The location of the spectator areas will be announced three days before the rally passes through, on the official website and in the local media.
- In Argentina, where the public turnout is greatest, 30 road safety officers (Seguridad Vial) will monitor the public from 15 dedicated vehicles.
- Speed is continuously monitored, and those caught speeding will be disciplined.
- All authorised drivers (competitors and non-competitors alike) at the Dakar must sign a charter of commitment to proper behaviour prior to the start of the challenge.
- The current driving regulations of the various participating countries must be observed at all times.
- Recorded GPS data is analysed for possible sanctions.
- Speed checks are also carried out by the police.
The Operational Coordination Post (PCO): a veritable rally control tower
- 35 people on duty round the clock.
- All rally data (iritrack, beacons, radio communications, etc.) is sent to the PCO.
- The on-site PCO works in tandem with the CP in Paris.
- Safety training sessions and simulations are organised before the start of the rally with the authorities of all the countries concerned.
A state-of-the-art medical service
- A 60-member medical team.
- Up to 7 helicopters and 32 vehicles on the race route, including 10 paramedic vehicles.
- A field hospital equipped with cutting-edge emergency equipment.
- Rapid helicopter transfer to the hospitals of the host countries.