Since 2007, several countries have been successful in implementing road safety interventions and reducing traffic injury and death rates.
One key milestone is the development of the Global Status Report on Road Safety, which is the first comprehensive assessment of road safety and draws data from 180 different countries. We have also worked with our partners and local governments to train more than 36,000 professionals in ten target countries to help increase implementation of road safety measures. Through the collaborative effort of our partners and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, 8 countries or localities have passed new or improved road safety laws, protecting 1.95 billion people.
TEN CRITICAL VICTORIES FOR GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY:
Through Bloomberg-supported road safety efforts approximately 125,000 lives will be saved from strengthened legislation, improved infrastructure and safer sustainable urban transportation as well as increased seat-belt and helmet use, and reduced drinking and speeding.
A 300m pedestrian walkway has been constructed to reduce the risk of pedestrian fatalities in Gbegbeyese area along a school resulting in reduction of vehicular pedestrian conflicts and protecting children. AMA-BIGRS collaborated with the Accra Police MTTD to enforce the law on helmet use and red-light violation in the city of Accra for a sustained period of two months .Enforcement operations have so far led to the seizure of over 200 defective motorbikes and over 120 riders processed for courts for various road infringements including riding without helmets.
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Joint media and enforcement campaigns have reduced drink driving by 50%. Addis Ababa developed its first ever Road Safety Strategy and released its implementation plan, and established an inter-agency road safety council chaired by the Deputy Mayor and is considering setting up a road safety fund. The city assessed 114 km of roads using the iRAP star rating methodology.
Aired helmet campaign together with increased enforcement. Additionally, the intersection of Jl. Naripan – Jl. Veteran – Jl. Ahmad Yani has been redesigned and rebuilt for improved safety according to recommendations from the World Resources Institute. Simultaneously, World Bank-GRSF is building local capacity by creating an iRAP center of excellence in Bandung, and more than 120 km of roads have been selected for further assessment.
Aired hard-hitting drink driving and helmet wearing media campaigns followed by increased police enforcement. More than 100 km of roads in high crash districts have been assessed and the city has implemented safer roads recommendations of the World Resources Institute and the World Bank-GRSF on Silom, Yaowarat, and Asoke corridors.
Adoption and review of a District Plan for Road Safety, a Public Space Manual, and a Road Safety Audit Manual. These tools will help the relevant agencies have standardized procedures to address main road safety challenges. Drink driving enforcement program ready with Standard Operating Procedures and equipment and breathalysers procured; media campaign already aired, and will likely re-air to correspond with drink driving enforcement.
Comprehensive pedestrian safety program with redesigns and improvements in three large neighbourhoods. Cycling infrastructure now has 215 km of safe bike lanes, compared to only 114 in April 2015. The city inaugurated its first slow-speed zone (Area de Transito Calmo) in the Rodolfo Teofilo neighbourhood. On Saturday 11th June, the new Zone 30 was opened to the public with the following interventions: 1) 3 raised pedestrian crossings; 2) Speed reduced to 30 km/h; 3) 14 curb extensions; 4) 1 electronic radar.
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Aired hard-hitting drink driving media campaigns followed by increased police enforcement. The World Resources Institute and the World Bank-GRSF have agreed to undertake a safety-review of the final Bus Rapid Transit design. Simultaneously, World Bank-GRSF is assessing pedestrian safety issues throughout HCMC and building local capacity by creating an iRAP center of excellence in Ho Chi Minh City.
A 9.8km corridor, LBS Marg, has been assessed by the World Resources Institute and iRAP and construction is now underway using their recommendations, to reduce crashes and deaths. Additionally, over 100 city officials and traffic police have been trained in road safety better practices that they now apply in their work.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Integration of data sources from the Secretariat of Health (SMS) and the Traffic Engineering Company (CET) which is crucial in securing the process of linking crash and injury records. The data matching project will be useful to estimate the burden of crashes for the health system and the policy implications. Provided technical support to the redesigning of the Sao Miguel neighbourhood and started a community engagement plan in Sao Miguel Paulista.
A Traffic Management Law Amendment was passed and came into effect in 2017, which for the first time included provisions on seatbelt use for all vehicle occupants, child restraint-use and helmet use. World Resources institute has provided safety recommendations on two traffic corridors in a main urban district. These recommendations are now under final review by the district government. Additionally, a 100km network safety assessment was completed by iRAP with a focus on those two corridors and their connecting roads, and will provide a report with detailed recommendations after two months.