Europe’s Road Safety Figures Disappoint

European Road Safety Disappointment

An important part of a road safety strategy is to evaluate how well road safety countermeasures are working.  A logical way to evaluate one country’s performance is to measure the annual increase/decrease of Killed and Seriously Injured persons due to traffic incidents.  If a countermeasure is not working, try something else.  As it has been said, “if Plan A did not work, don’t worry, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.  Try something else.”  If the countermeasure is working, use it again in another part of the road network to make that section of road or intersection safer.

How are the safety countermeasures you are implementing working?  Europe is constantly employing  road safety  concepts to make their roads safer and they will continue to repeat the use of high performance countermeasures and will try new innovative means to make their roads safer when current countermeasures are not meeting their safety expectations.  The attached article explains their recent results.

What are the road safety results in your country?  Will you meet the challenge of the United Nations Decade of Action to reduce 2015 level fatalities by 50% on your roads by 2020?  If  not, what are you doing different?

Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  What are you doing to stop the insanity in your country?  Let us know how IRF can help you to make your roads safer today.

“If something is important to you, you will FIND A WAY to make it happen.  If it is not important, you will find an excuse.”  No more excuses!

Michael G.  Dreznes
Executive Vice President
International Road Federation
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