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Benchmarking Road Safety in Latin America

Benchmarking Road Safety in Latin America

Road safety is a major issue in Latin America and substantial actions are needed to reduce the number of road deaths and injuries. This report describes and benchmarks road safety management and performance in ten Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay. The comparisons in this study allow identifying similarities and differences between countries’ road safety performance. It will be useful to policy makers in assessing weaknesses and strengths, and designing effective road safety policies that make use of the experiences in other countries.

En español : Benchmarking de la seguridad vial en América Latina

Policy Insights

  • Create a strong national lead agency for road safety.
  • Set up a road safety observatory and improve road safety data systems for better road safety outcomes.
  • Develop a national road safety strategy with ambitious target.
  • Prioritise safety improvements for motorcycle riders.
  • Give priority to pedestrians’ safety needs.
  • Address speeding, drink driving and non-seat belt wearing.
  • Tackle weaknesses in post-crash management.
  • Invest in safe road infrastructure and adopt UN regulations on vehicle safety.

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