- 6th IRTAD Conference: Better Road Safety Data for Better Safety Outcomes
6th IRTAD Conference: Better Road Safety Data for Better Safety Outcomes
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. On 10-12 October 2017, international road safety experts from more than 40 countries met in Marrakech (Morocco) for the 6th International IRTAD conference to discuss issues related to the collection and analysis of road safety data as a critical tool to design effective road safety policies and improvements in the quality of data systems and data analysis. The conference was co-hosted by the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water and the National Centre for Road Crash Prevention (CNPAC). In the"Marrakech Declaration on Better Safety Data for Better Road Safety Outcomes", participants called for improved collection and use of road safety data, noting that underreporting of road crashes and casualties is a significant problem and that fatality data are not sufficient to understand road safety problems fully.
The aims of the conference are to bring together experts in all areas of transport research from all parts of the world and to stimulate the exchange of ideas in the field of transport policy and...