Road safety NGOs are urging governments to implement evidence-based interventions to achieve the Global Plan target of reducing traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030.
A panel at the Global Meeting discussed evidence-based solutions with key areas of focus being tackling speed, emphasis on the economic benefits of reducing road deaths and injuries, as well as shifting the “road culture” perception and moving responsibility from road users to those who are accountable.
NGOs have a key role in supporting governments to implement interventions through advocacy using data such as the Global Status Report, highlighting key issues that decision makers should focus on and keep track of progress.
WHO Director, Social Determinants of Health Etienne Krug said focus on such interventions should be on the whole system, including financing, plans, strategy combined with proper keeping of records and progress.
“NGOs have a role in demanding and putting into focus key and specific interventions that have been successful,” Saul Castelar, a Senior Transport Specialist said.
Jacob Soames CEO & Principal of Global Road Safety Solutionsnoted that data is critical in providing evidence and also linking the cost of road crashes and injuries to the economy.
Alliance Director of Research and Accountability Chika Sakashita said implementing evidence-based actions is the surest and fastest way to attain a 50% reduction in road deaths and injuries.
Another panel discussed connections between road safety and safe mobility with other SDGs. Panelists listed SDGs that are connected to road safety, especially health (target 3.8 on universal health coverage), which was described as a fundamental human right.
The SDG that directly links to road safety is target 3.6 -to reduce by half traffic deaths and injuries by 2030 and target 11.2 to provide a safe, affordable and accessible transport system as well as improve road safety by expanding public transport.
Other SDGs linked to road safety are:
The panelists included Birgit Gerstenberg, Resident Coordinator, UN El Salvador, Tho (Bella) Dinh-Zarr, a Senior Advisor, Public Health & Transportation Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and The FIA Foundation. Others were Assistant Professor at The George Washington University Nino Paichadze, Miriam Banades, UN Women, El Salvador and Jacob Mason, the Director of Research and Impact, ITDP.