IRF Find A Way Award Presented to Road Safety Authority of Ireland
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013
(Alexandria, Virginia) – The International Road Federation honored today the winner of its 2013 IRF Find A Way Award. The Road Safety Authority of Ireland, represented by its director of road safety research and driver education, Mr. Michael Rowland, accepted the award on behalf of RSA Chief Executive Noel Brett.
Launched in 2011, the Find-A-Way award recognizes outstanding commitment to safer roads by national, regional, or city governments. The award is presented annually on the anniversary of the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety, a 10-year goal to reduce traffic deaths globally 50 percent by 2020.
Starting in 1996, Ireland introduced a wide variety of initiatives spanning multiple road safety disciplines, including: engineering safer roads, education and public awareness through various media sources, improved enforcement via legislative efforts, an increased use of technology, and improved accident and crash data.
A result of these efforts was the 2006 establishment of the Road Safety Authority of Ireland. The RSA began handling duties previously spread across 17 other government ministries and agencies. Irish road fatalities fell by more than 55 percent over a six-year span beginning in 2006, thanks to the RSA’s commitment to road safety. Recent statistics also indicate hospital admissions following road crashes have also decreased considerably during the same period.
The RSA’s nomination came via Stephen Lambert, a regional road safety engineer in the north region of Ireland.
Mr. Rowland accepted the 2014 IRF Find A Way Award during the May 21 road safety forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This important annual event is hosted and sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Municipality in cooperation with the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, with a program developed by the IRF and Turret Media.
For more information regarding the RSA, visit: http://www.rsa.ie For more information on the Abu Dhabi International Road Safety Conference please visit: http://IRF.global/news-events/event-detail/abu-dhabi-road-safety-conference/ Contact IRF’s Executive Vice President Michael Dreznes, at mdreznes@IRF.global, for questions regarding the Find-A-Way award. Contact Magid Elabyad, IRF’s Director of Global Training, at melabyad@IRF.global, for questions regarding the conference.
Founded in 1948, the International Road Federation (IRF) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with members from both the public and private sectors in 90 countries worldwide. IRF promotes the development and maintenance of better, safer roads and road networks throughout the world, using technological solutions and management practices that provide maximum economic and social returns from road investment.