Road Safety Methodology And Analysis

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Information about Road Safety Methodology And Analysis

Published on July 27, 2009

Author: Foboni



Eurosain is devoted to saving lives through pertitent application of hazard control/elimination and risk management of existing or projects of roads/highways.The approach is compliant with the latest standards and codes, and applies to developed countries as well as underdeveloped or in development countries.

Road Safety Methodology and Analysis By the Eurosain Team (European Road Safety Institute) a division of Riskope International 1

Road Safety: a social and civil duty  Estimated 1.2M killed every year world-wide, and 40 times more injured (Who, 2004)  Appx. 39 thousand fatalities in Europe, in 2008  3.5M wounded in 2008 in Europe  The economic impact of this human tragedy is evaluated at 200B Euro/yr, equivalent to appx. 2% of the European GDP 2

Worldwide toll of road accidents: ( Statistics by World Bank & WHO ) • The global financial cost of road traffic injuries is 518 billion USD each year. • The cost to low and middle income countries is 65 billion USD, more than all development aid income. • For males aged 15-44, road traffic injuries rank second (behind HIV/AIDS) as the leading cause of premature death and ill health worldwide. 3

Accidents can involve any road user/type of traffic 4

Road Acccidents compared to other hazards:  World-wide, each Year 5 times the 2004 Tsunami victims  In Europe, more than ten times the 9-11 Twin Towers Attack victims each year  In comparison, a half-dozen airlines crashes in the first half of 2009 have killed worldwide, 2000 times less people than traffic accidents! 5

It would be wrong to believe That what follows in this presentation only applies to developed countries  The number of victims in developing countries is staggering and dramatically increasing. Low and middle income countries account for more than 85 per cent of global deaths from road traffic accidents  The largest reductions in accidents are driven by rather simple mitigative measures that can be afforded by any country, as well as education and behavior control. 6

And like for diseases and landmines Children are often the innocent victims: One child is killed every three minutes world-wide, in a road accident 7

The European Engagement  2001 White paper: Reduce to one half the victims by 2010  2003 “Third European Road Safety Plan” . Objective: save 20.000 lives  2008 European Directive 2008/96/CE on Safety Management of Road Infrastructures 8

Road Safety Planning  Safety Audit  Safety Review  Road safety impact assestemt - RIA  Accidents Review and Analysis 9

Safety Audit Can be introduced at project's inception. This preventive action is geared towards accident reduction measures to be integrated in the project. The Audit covers ALL the road users and is multidisciplinary by essence. 10

Objectives of Safety Audit  Hazard Identification;  Hazard reduction or risk management recommendations;  Holistic network based approach in order to avoid just exporting problems to other areas 11

Audit Process Project Codes Auditors 12

Safety Review The Road Safety Review (RSR) is deployed on existing and open roads. It foresees cyclic re-evaluations of safety conditions leading to safety enhancement recommendations. 13

Safety Review Objectives Road Safety Review (RSR) leads to the definition of pertinent upgrades. RSR allows to check the whole road environment and leads to balanced sustainable hazard reduction or risk management solutions. 14

Safety Review Methodology Safety Reviews are generally supported by checklists and standard evaluation templates. Checklist and templates encompass questions and levels of detail compatible with the phase and criticality of the study. 15

Safety Review Benefits  Alert (of hazards)  Information (about the hazards)  Support-Guide (solution)  Control (during use)  Forgiveness (in case of mistake) 16

Road Safety Impact Assessment (RIA) RIA (Euro directive 2008/96/CE) proposes a holistic approach of Road Safety which includes adjacent infrastructures and elements, including their possible change of functionality and use. 17

RIA Objectives Ensure the integration of Safety in all phases of: – Planning – Design – Service 18

RIA Methodology Two levels:  Global  Specific 19

Analysis of Road Accidents  Analyse all accidents of a transport system to define critical points  Understand the causes (main, root causes) of accidents  Design reasonable and sustainable hazard reduction or risk management solutions 20

Worldwide toll of road accidents: ( Statistics by World Bank & WHO ) • By 2020, unless action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to rise overall by about 80 per cent in low and middle income countries. Source: The "World report on road traffic injury prevention"  jointly published in 2004 by the  World Bank and the World Health Organization 21

The war against Road Accidents can be Won!  Create awareness and education programs  Hazard and Risk analyses to define reasonable and sustainable mitigation programs  Multicultural understanding to design the above keeping in mind the cultural and social background of the road users  Developing appropriate Road Safety Certification Programs 22

Eurosain Your Partner for Road Safety Certification and Hazard/Risk Management of Roads Networks: Let's Save Lives Together! Many thanks to safeindianroads for asking us to promote these activities  and allowing us to use their pictures of accidents and some of their data   23

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