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Merseyside road safety failures
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Taking action on poor road safety
Best practice options: Safe System approach to road safety
The traditional approach to road safetyThe now-discredited traditional approach to road safety is to accept that roads are dangerous places, and to assume that they can be made acceptably safe by setting rules, training users, and expecting users to follow the rules; if casualties occur, the assumptions is that one or more of the road users was to blame for not following the set rules.
The Safe System approach to road safetyIn the Safe System approach to road safety, it is accepted that people have lapses of concentration and make errors of judgement (”make mistakes”), and so inevitably will not always act as hoped for. Roads are designed so that when users have not acted as expected, this does not result in deaths or serious injuries. If casualties occur, unless road users have been deliberately reckless, attention is given to what changes to the roads could have prevented the serious injury or death.
This is internationally regarded as best practice: it is recommended by the World Health Organisation and the OECD, and it is the basis of the Swedish Vision Zero and Dutch Sustainable Safety road safety plans.
Systematic Safety in the Netherlands
This is an 8 minute Youtube video on the Dutch system (which is also used in many other places) - it is written for a North American audience but it is still very relevant to the UK. (Click on the image or see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aNtsWvNYKE)
Last updated: 17 Jun 2018