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Using Safety Performance Indicators to Improve Road Safety: The case of Korea


More than 1.3 million people die each year in road crashes, with millions more suffering life-altering injuries. The Safe System approach aims to eliminate deadly crashes through a comprehensive, shared-responsibility framework. This report offers guidelines for establishing safety performance indicators (SPIs) to assess the effectiveness of Safe System policies in reducing road fatalities and serious injuries. It identifies international best practices for constructing and deploying SPIs, focusing on the case of Korea.

This report is an output from a collaboration between the ITF and the Korea Transportation Safety Authority.

Policy Insights

  • Adopt safety performance indicators to gain deeper insights into road-safety challenges
  • Incorporate safety performance indicators in long-term national road safety strategies
  • Identify and prioritise road-safety focus areas that reflect local circumstances
  • Deploy tailored safety performance indicators for at-risk groups
  • Introduce comprehensive data collection guidelines and maintain methodological consistency
  • Use safety performance indicators to monitor road-safety progress regularly
  • Establish clear targets and implement a robust mechanism to integrate safety performance indicators in the policy-formulation process 

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