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Road safety issues in the central european context

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The paper describes the current situation in the area of European road safety and draws attention to the adverse developments in several Central European countries. It contains recommendations for networking and building multi-stakeholder partnerships for road safety at regional, national and international level. 1. INTRODUCTION Each year around one million people are killed and 50 million people injured on roads around the world and more than 40,000 people lose their lives on Europe’s roads.
There is universal recognition of the tremendous global burden resulting from road traffic crashes, and that road traffic injuries constitute a major but neglected public health problem that has significant consequences in terms of mortality and morbidity and considerable social and economic costs. According to the WHO and the World Bank [1], a multi-sectoral approach is required to successfully address this problem. While the number of deaths and seriously injured people is falling, studies have shown that faster progress is possible if alleffective means are applied (ETSC, PIN 2010).
Road crashes and road crash injury are no longer seen as “an inevitable outcome of road transport” but rather as “largely preventable and predictable”. A core component of this
“new paradigm” is the recognition that road safety is a multisectoral issue and a public health issue - all sectors need to be fully engaged in responsibility, activity and advocacy for road crash injury prevention. Good infrastructure and vehicles must be complemented with commonsense everyday human behaviours and effective trauma care services.
2. ROAD SAFETY IN EUROPE
Some 80% of Europeans live in cities. European cities are suffering heavily from congestion high levels of pollution, noise, and road crashes, largely caused by excessive use of the private car. Road strategy depends greatly on how communities choose to manage their transport systems in relation to their overall health and safety objectives and how they are balanced with economic, social and environmental considerations. The growing trend away from public transport, walking and cycling towards motorized transport has marked a move towards modes and means of transport that pose comparatively higher costs to society economically, environmentally, and in health terms. (...)

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