The Vision Zero concept is based on the belief that while humans make mistakes, those mistakes should not have fatal consequences. Instead, the various components of the transport system should be designed in such a way that road traffic crashes when they do occur do not result in death or serious injury. Within that context, however, it remains the responsibility of all who use the roads to comply with road safety laws and regulations.
As described in Pillar 4 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action on safer road users, and as reflected in Global Road Safety Performance Targets 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, this includes laws related to speeding; drinking and driving; using motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints; and driving distracted, among others. In combination with technical support and good laws and law enforcement on these issues, governments can promote safe behaviours on the roads through mass media campaigns and ultimately create a culture of safety. Both public and private sectors, especially those with large fleets, should also endeavour to promote comprehensive policies and practices to reduce work-related injuries, reflecting best practice in occupational health and safety.
Global Programme Manager | Global Road Safety Partnership
Abdulgafoor M. Bachani
Director, International Injury Research Unit | Johns Hopkins University |United States of America
Director | National Road Safety Agency | Morocco
Executive Vice President | International Road Federation Global
Executive Director | UNITAR
Chief of Staff and Management Board Member | TomTom
Aims of the session:
- Showcase best practice national and local road safety laws on key risks which have proven to save lives.
- Highlight the contribution of law enforcement to such efforts.
- Highlight the role of the public and private sectors in ensuring occupational health and safety for their employees and the communities they serve.
- Identify actions required to achieve the Global Road Safety Performance Targets 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 by 2030.