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Urgent call for ‘Safe System’ in 2018 at transport summits in Washington DC

20 January 2018

With many countries slipping further from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal target for halving road traffic injuries, the need for a radical change in approach has been at the forefront of transport events in Washington DC setting the policy agenda for 2018.

A major new report on the Safe System approach, ‘ Sustainable & Safe: A Vision & Guidance for Zero Road Deaths’ was launched by the World Resources Institute and the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, published in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the FIA Foundation.

The report, launched during the ‘Transforming Transportation’ event at World Bank headquarters, emphasises the importance of viewing road safety as a public health issue, rather than one of personal responsibility alone. It thus shifts responsibility away from people using the roads, to the city planners and officials designing them.

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