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6th IRTAD Conference: Better Road Safety Data for Better Safety Outcomes

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In 2016, the United Nations and its Member States committed to an unprecedented effort to promote road safety. An ambitious global target to halve deaths and injuries caused by road crashes by 2020 was included in the UN’s framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It poses a significant challenge to all governments to reinvigorate their national road safety policies and action plans. It also requires having solid crash and safety data to monitor progress, build programmes and make progress. The objectives of the 6th IRTAD Conference is to discuss improvements in the quality of data systems and data analysis by fostering knowledge transfer between conference participants through:

  • Discussion of methodological issues to improve road safety data collection and analysis at country and city level.
  • Showcasing recent initiatives to improve the quality of safety data collection and analysis.
  • Presentation of recent research and analysis undertaken by the IRTAD Group.

The Scientific Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for conference papers. Abstracts between 150 and 300 words in English or French should be submitted using this form. They should focus on one or more of the following themes:

Data collection:

  • Methodologies to collect crash data 
  • Defining and collecting exposure data 
  • Collecting data on safety performance indicators
  • In-depth investigation 
  • Collecting serious injury data – especially relating to the MAIS scale
  • Challenges of data collection in African countries

Crash databases and data management:

  • Compilation of data and development of crash data systems
  • Essential components of a crash data system 
  • Monitoring tools and web-based applications 
  • Linking police and health data 
  • Results of twinning projects 
  • Regional road safety observatories

Safety data analysis:

  • Forecasting safety developments
  • The use of data for planning 
  • Target setting and monitoring progress 
  • Speed and crash risk
  • Influence of weather on road safety 
  • Impact of the economic development on road safety 
  • Assessing the effectiveness of measures
  • Traffic safety culture, regional and international benchmarking
  • Understanding and analysing injury or hospital data 
  • Analysing data at city level 
  • Risk factors

The conference will also include a Special Session on the SaferAfrica project, funded by the European Commission. This project aims at establishing a dialogue platform between Africa and Europe focused on road safety and traffic management issues.

Véronique Feypell de la Beaumelle
International Transport Forum