Stemming the Road Death Epidemic
Every year, 1.25 million people are killed in road crashes and up to 50 million are seriously injured. Road crashes kill more people than malaria or tuberculosis and are among the ten leading causes of death. Their economic cost is estimated at 2-5% of GDP in many countries. To stem the road death epidemic, the United Nations have set the target of halving traffic fatalities by 2020.
A new report, written by a group of international road safety experts, provides leaders in government, administrations, business and academia with emerging best practices and the starting point to chart their own journeys towards a Safe System. This report calls for a paradigm shift on road safety policy to achieve a drastic reduction in the number of road deaths. It reviews strategies employed by countries with outstanding road safety performance based on the vision of “zero road deaths” and underpinned by a “Safe System” approach to road safety.
This report describes a paradigm shift in road safety policy, being led by a handful of countries, according to the principles of a Safe System. A Safe System is based on the premise that road crashes are both predictable and preventable, and that it is possible to move towards zero road deaths and serious injuries. This, however, requires a fundamental rethink of the governance and implementation of road safety policy.
(You can read the report via the following link. An OECD Library subscription is required to download a PDF version)
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David Wilkins, Principal & Senior Traffic Engineer.