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.
the 3rd IRF Africa Regional Congress & Exhibition pursues the objective of exploring a range of policies and mechanisms aimed at offering policy makers practical options to ensure road & transportation program continue supporting the region’s sustainable development goals and socio-economic objectives.
Selecting a road safety countermeasure can thus be a life-or-death decision: specifiers need to understand certain criteria with regards to available systems or design scenarios, and also have a clear understanding of applicable standards, as well as site-specific conditions where they are to be used. This course reviews the state of knowledge and presents processes to determine appropriate road engineering countermeasures based on these site conditions.
The second United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 also marks the start of new forms of international collaboration to avert the continuing and growing epidemic of road traffic injuries, responsible for 1,350,000 fatalities per year. Key to the success of further efforts is the acknowledgment that no level of death or serious injury is acceptable – known as the Vision Zero approach.
Safety performance determines how and why these failures occur on a road network, even in the absence of robust crash data, and gives additional answers to determine what can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future and build more robust economic cases supporting road safety investments.