2,940 people died in 2007 on the UK's roads, but more than 3,000 die each day on the roads of the world. Since the UK has been successful in reducing road deaths and injuries over the last few decades, could developing countries - where 90% of the casualties occur - perhaps learn from the UK?
The United Nations are having a first ever Ministerial Conference on global road safety in November 2009. This follows a great deal of work by organisations like the Commission for Global Road Safety. The UK should have something to offer at such an event, not only from the Department for Transport, but also from the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The DfT in the UK is currently consulting on road safety compliance with regard to speeding, drug and drink driving. Compliance is a huge issue in developing countries, but that does not mean that solutions from the UK are the answer.
South East Asia expert Dr Martin Gainsborough says 'applicability' is key when it comes to international development issues. On a recent trip to Vietnam, he discussed speeding with one official and it transpires that while there are obviously problems with corruption and the police, the use of cameras (as in the UK) is not the answer, either - apparently the enforcement of fines would currently be unworkable.
Cadence's work on the interaction of different transport modes would suggest that the UK's record on road casualty reductions has not come without penalties, such as reduced children's play. The recent shared space initiatives are a direct response to the segregation associated with many UK road safety measures.
This all suggests that the 3,000 deaths that take place daily in the world and yearly in the UK need some careful consideration in the months leading up to the UN road safety event.
Reply #1 on : Thu September 08, 2011, 18:13:58
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