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6.

Mr. Imad Hajarat, Director of the Jordan Traffic Institute, gave an overview on road safety measures

in Jordan. He presented data on road traffic crashes (number of road traffic crashes, fatalities, etc.), the economic cost and causes of such crashes and suggested solutions. Mr. Hajarat also pointed out that road safety measures had been endorsed by the Royal Family and have since gained significant attention at all levels of Government. In 2008, these new measures had succeeded in reducing the numbers of road traffic

crashes and resulting injuries and deaths.

7.

Mr. Abdel Aziz Al-Ghannam, Director of Strategic Studies, High Commission for the Development of

Arriyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presented the road traffic safety strategy for the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Since the implementation of the strategy in 2005, the fatality rate of road traffic crashes dropped from 480 in 2005 to 357 by the end of 2007, and the numbers of serious road traffic injuries dropped from 1,555 to 1,170 over the same period. Mr. Al-Ghannam pointed out that the goal is to reduce these numbers

by 50 per cent in the next five years.

8.

Mr. Taher Mahmoudi, General Manager, General Traffic Directorate of Libya presented the road

safety strategy of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. This strategy was the result of a partnership between the General Department of Traffic Police and Shell Libya. The road safety strategy addresses the social and economic costs of road traffic crashes, as well as other issues such as infrastructure, road design and public

awareness.

The road safety strategy is about to be implemented and has been circulated to all interested

parties and disseminated to the wider public through the local press.

9.

Mr. Mohammed Al-Maliki, General Coordinator of the National Campaign for Road Accidents

Prevention, General Administration of Public Security, Qatar described the measures taken by the Traffic and Patrols Department in the Ministry of Interior of Qatar to reduce road traffic crashes. Envisaged future recommended actions include: preparing a national road safety strategy and plan; installing cameras to

monitor traffic on all highways and bridges; and training employees in the traffic and patrols department.

10.

A discussion followed on the assessment of progress in road safety management, the need for more

reliable data, and the challenges facing the implementation of road safety strategies.

B. REGIONAL ROAD SAFETY NEEDS

11.

Mr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, Regional Advisor, Injury and Violence Prevention and Disability, World

Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Office (EMRO) affirmed that road traffic injuries are a huge public health and development problem, and that road safety is an economic, social, and equity issue, with the poor being the most vulnerable. Road traffic injuries and deaths would increase significantly without appropriate action; road safety is therefore a shared responsibility and should be addressed using a ‘systems

approach’,

which

could

ensure

that

common

human

errors

do

not

lead

to

fatal

outcomes.

He

noted

that

deaths resulting from road traffic crashes are often with medium- to long-term disabilities.

just the tip of the iceberg – many more persons are injured, Road traffic injuries and the resultant deaths and disabilities

can be prevented and evidence-based interventions are available. Partnerships can enhance political commitment, engage multiple sectors, facilitate evidence-based interventions, communities and media to raise their voice to promote road safety.

the and

level of engage

12.

Mr. Wahid Al-Kharusi, Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Rehabilitation, Oman presented a paper on

the medical needs of victims of road traffic crashes and community prevention and outreach programmes. The United Nations now recognizes that road safety and road traffic crashes and injuries are public health concerns, and not simply a transportation issue. He stressed the need for serious political will, as well as capacity-building, knowledge-sharing, data collection, and a holistic approach to the management of road

traffic

injuries.

He

also

highlighted

the

need

for

community

involvement

in

road

safety,

especially

youth

participation as they are the realities of road trauma and minimize the damage.

most affected by such tragedies. Communities have to be kept abreast of the its negative impact, and how they can collaborate with other stakeholders to

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