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Road Safety Management – The need for a systematic approach

Varhelyi, Andras LU (2016) In The Open Transportation Journal 10. p.137-137
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In order to achieve significant improvements in road safety at the national level, there is a need for a systematic approach to road safety management with clear responsibilities and accountability. In this paper – after a review of the literature on guidelines, recommendations and research findings – twelve essential elements of such a systematic approach is pointed out, and corresponding relevant issues are discussed. These elements are: 1) Define the burden and nature of road casualties; 2) Gain commitment and support from decision makers; 3) Establish road safety policy; 4) Define institutional roles and responsibilities; 5) Identify road safety problems; 6) Set road safety targets; 7) Formulate a strategy and action plan; 8) Allocate... (More)
In order to achieve significant improvements in road safety at the national level, there is a need for a systematic approach to road safety management with clear responsibilities and accountability. In this paper – after a review of the literature on guidelines, recommendations and research findings – twelve essential elements of such a systematic approach is pointed out, and corresponding relevant issues are discussed. These elements are: 1) Define the burden and nature of road casualties; 2) Gain commitment and support from decision makers; 3) Establish road safety policy; 4) Define institutional roles and responsibilities; 5) Identify road safety problems; 6) Set road safety targets; 7) Formulate a strategy and action plan; 8) Allocate responsibility for measures; 9) Ensure funding; 10) Apply measures with known effectiveness; 11) Monitor performance; 12) Stimulate research and capacity building. The main conclusions are that: a) Monetary values of statistical life have to be established; b) The police register of accidents should be combined with the hospital register; c) Exposure data for all types of road users is necessary; d) The three-dimensional analysis of road safety problems should be employed; e) Safety performance indicators should be used; f) Only countermeasures with known effectiveness should be applied; g) Performance of countermeasures should be monitored on a yearly basis; i) Commitment from decision makers is decisive! (Less)
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Road safety management, Combined accident data register, Exposure data, Three-dimensional analysis of road safety problems, Safety performance indicators, MOnitoring of performance
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The Open Transportation Journal
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10
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155 pages
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Bentham Science Publishers
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1874-4478
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10.2174/1874447801610010137
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English
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  author       = {Varhelyi, Andras},
  issn         = {1874-4478},
  keyword      = {Road safety management,Combined accident data register,Exposure data,Three-dimensional analysis of road safety problems,Safety performance indicators,MOnitoring of performance},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  pages        = {137--137},
  publisher    = {Bentham Science Publishers},
  series       = {The Open Transportation Journal},
  title        = {Road Safety Management – The need for a systematic approach},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874447801610010137},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2016},
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