Road Safety Week & Beyond
Last week was an important week across the world. It was the 5th annual UN Global Road Safety Week. The theme was Save Lives, Speak Up. Dangerous driving has caused a deadly epidemic. The response needs to be enthusiastic advocates ready and willing to speak up to save lives. Residents, passengers, and city leaders need to create and support of interventions that can slow speeders, improve road safety, and create less crashes and better crash outcomes.
Aren’t Things Getting Better?
Vision Zero and similar programming across the US and the world has created increased awareness and better programming to protect our roads. But even with that progress, traffic-related deaths continue to be on the rise. There are a shocking more than 1.25 million people who lose their lives in car crashes every year. And traffic related injuries are now the leading killer of children and young adults ages 5-29 years old.
The World Health Organization has established 6 strategies to reduce traffic crashes. Speed management involves enforcing speed limits and using tools such as speed bumps and roundabouts to calm traffic. Secondly, Road safety leadership helps to develop, evaluate, and monitor road safety. Third, Infrastructure improvement makes roads safer with pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, and lower speeds in work and school zones. Fourth, Vehicle safety standards means ensuring that cars are properly equipped. Fifth, enforcement of traffic laws makes sure speeding and other rules are followed. And lastly, post-crash survival needs to be improved.
At Traffic Logix, we create solutions that help reduce traffic crashes every day. In addition to improving road safety, our products reduce speed also improve outcomes when crashes do occur. We offer more solutions than any other road safety company in the world, helping cities to design, create, monitor, and improve plans for safer roads. From driver feedback signs to automated speed enforcement and from recycled rubber speed humps to bike lane curbing, we have what it takes to prevent accidents on your streets.