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January 2013


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Saving lives with better road safety indicators


A new study published by the International Transport Forum provides a standardised approach for estimating the benefits of road safety initiatives, facilitating the transfer of knowledge that can save lives.

With almost 1.3 million people dying in road crashes every year and between 20 and 50 million injuries, road traffic accidents are a leading cause of death, and top the list for the 15 to 29 age group. In the face of these facts, the need for effective road safety policies is undeniable.

The new study will allow governments to make better use of indicators that reliably quantify the causes of reduction of crashes. So-called Crash Modification Functions (CMF) provide measures of how changes in road system affect the number and gravity of road crashes. Standardised CMFs reduce the risk for policy-makers to adopt measures that have little or no impact on improving road safety.

"This is a pathfinding report that reinforces the importance of understanding the effectiveness of road safety countermeasures", commented Dr Steve Lawson of the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). "It will be useful to practitioners, researchers and policy-makers alike. iRAP's work towards enabling a world free of high risk roads relies heavily upon reports such as this where best-in-field come together to establish the theoretical framework and add available knowledge to that."


 
 
 
 
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ITF experts present work at Transportation Research Board
At this week's 92nd Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., experts from the International Transport Forum are contributing to the global debate on better transport in various ways:

- As part of the session on "International Benchmarking on Road Safety: Network for International Road Traffic and Accident Database", ITF's Head of Research Stephen Perkins will give a presentation on Recent Road Safety Developments in IRTAD Countries.

- At the session on "International Developments in Crash Modification Factors and Functions", ITF Economist Jari Kauppila will present an overview of the recent ITF report on "Sharing Road Safety".

- The panel on "Exploration of Travel Patterns by Gender and Family Structure and the Potential for Policy Improvements" will take place with ITF's Head of Research Stephen Perkins as one of the discussants.



 
 
 
 
 
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Forum activities
Secretary-General José Viegas met with Sweden's Transport Minister Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, in Linköping, Sweden on 8 January to present his vision of "value for members" and to discuss specific topics of interest for Sweden.

In Sweden, Secretary-General Viegas also delivered a keynote speech on "A responsible approach to transport investments" to the VTI TransportForum, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute's annual meeting that assembled more than 1 600 researchers.

The ITF's Summit 2013 Task Force will meet on 31 January to take forward preparations for the 2013 Summit on Funding Transport. The Transport Management Board (TMB), representing ITF's 54 member countries, will hold an extraordinary session the same day and on 1 February to discuss the revision of ITF's General Rules as well as proposals from the High-Level Group on Strategic Funding for a new funding framework for the organisation.




 

 
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