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Keeping Children Safe in Traffic - Just published report from OECD

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  • eric.britton@ecoplan.org
    Keeping Children Safe in Traffic Tragically, one child out of every 2100 will die before his or her 15th birthday in a road-related incident, and even more
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 6, 2004
      Keeping Children Safe in Traffic

      Tragically, one child out of every 2100 will die before his or her 15th
      birthday in a road-related incident, and even more will suffer severe
      injuries or lifelong disabilities. This report provides the latest
      statistics on children's injuries and fatalities, outlines progress and
      trends in children's traffic safety in OECD countries, and identifies
      areas for further improvement. It provides the latest statistics and
      makes a series of policy-related recommendations for improving
      children's road safety.

      05-Apr-2004, Link:
      http://www.oecd.org/document/9/0,2340,en_2649_37433_31416393_1_1_1_37433
      ,00.html


      In many OECD countries, road-related crashes are the number one killer
      of children under the age of 15. Since the last OECD report on
      children’s transport safety was published in 1983, an estimated 100,000
      children have perished in road-related crashes. Of course, this level of
      fatalities is not acceptable.
      Considerable advances have been made by most countries, particularly
      since 1990. Many of the recommendations from earlier OECD work have been
      implemented with the support of Ministers for Transport in OECD and ECMT
      (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) countries. In fact, the
      number of children killed per annum on the roads in OECD countries was
      halved between 1990 and 2000. Nevertheless, at current rates, one child
      out of every 2100 will die before their 15th birthday in a road-related
      incident, and a considerably higher number will suffer severe injuries
      or lifelong disabilities. Many such fatalities would be avoided if all
      OECD member countries adopted practices known to be effective in
      improving children’s road safety.

      This latest version of Keeping Children Safe in Traffic draws on best
      practice and research results to show how child casualties can be
      reduced whilst at the same time encouraging children to develop into
      safe, active and independent road users. It focuses on the contribution
      education, training and publicity can make; measures related to the
      risks children face in the road environment; vehicle and bicycle
      standards; safety equipment and the importance of appropriate
      legislation. It outlines the progress that has been made in OECD
      countries in the last 20 years. It provides the latest statistics on
      children’s injuries, fatalities and trends in transport.

      The report considers the relative levels of risks in OECD countries and
      the casualty reduction programmes and strategies that can improve
      children’s road safety. It identifies practices drawn from OECD member
      country experience that have proven to be most effective in improving
      children’s road safety. It also outlines possible further improvements
      based on research undertaken.
      One of the report’s conclusions is that, currently, the best-performing
      countries have population-based road crash fatality rates for children
      that are less than half the OECD average and only a quarter of the rate
      in the worst-performing countries. Therefore, there is considerable
      potential for improving child road safety in most OECD countries. After
      examining the most effective strategies, based on the research
      undertaken, the report makes a series of policy-oriented recommendations
      for achieving such improvements in children’s road safety.

      Keeping Children Safe in Traffic is particularly geared towards policy
      makers, transport planners, regulators and strategists as well as road
      safety professionals, motorist associations and researchers.
      A survey of children’s road traffic safety in OECD countries was
      commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport and
      undertaken in 2002 and 2003 to complement and help with the preparation
      of this report from the OECD’s Child Traffic Safety Expert Group.
      Responses to the International Survey were therefore an important input
      to this report. Twenty-one of the 30 member countries responded, and
      data was supplemented where possible by internationally available data.

      The main purpose of this report is to highlight successful programmes
      and strategies that could be adopted by OECD countries to improve
      children’s safety on the roads and to identify possible further
      improvements.

      The executive summary of the report can be downloaded here in English or
      German. French version forthcoming. The full report is available for
      browsing and purchase on the OECD On-line Bookshop. The French edition
      will be published in late 2004.
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