Road Safety Audits & Inspections From Concept to Implementation
Preventive risk assessment measures, such as a road safety audit or inspections, carried out on new and existing roads offer a well-charted and cost-effective pathway to reducing road traffic injury risk, because design standards alone cannot guarantee road safety in all conditions.
Road safety audit and inspections serve the common purpose of identifying risk factors related to road design or traffic control that may lead to crashes, or make crashes more severe. In many cases, they also assist network highway operators and city traffic departments in identifying engineering weaknesses and hazardous locations, even in the absence of robust traffic injury data.
Almost 85% of countries report implementing one or more preventive risk assessment measure, yet over 70% of roads surveyed by the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) in emerging countries were rated 2 stars or under across at least one user category. These figures suggest a startling disconnect between the theoretical merits of preventive risk assessment and the actual results experienced by countless road users every day.
Symeon Sakkas, CEng, CSM, RSATL
Symeon is a holder of Master of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bologna and currently Head of Road Safety at RACE Consulting Engineers LP, an independent regional boutique firm on transportation design and engineering, headquartered in Athens, Greece. As Head of Road Safety he is designing and building the team and the system in order to create value for the firm and the road users. Symeon is highly experienced in major infrastructure projects with a construction budget up to 3 billion $, as Designer, Consultant, Scrum Master. As associate to RACE Consulting Engineers LP, he has been involved in various infrastructure and transportation projects located in Greece and in the EMEA Region, (PPP and Public Sector Projects).