Road safety surveillance is important because:

  • It promotes decision makers to apply strategies that have been proven effective to prevent road traffic injuries
  • It helps monitor progress made on recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention 

Road safety commitments:

  • The Global Plan for the Decade on road safety 2011-2020, which urges countries to reduce road traffic deaths based on global indicators and their 5 pillars: road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response.
  • Plan of Action on Road Safety, where Member States are recommended to follow guides of the Global Plan for the Decade and participate in monitoring and evaluation of their road safety activities.
  • Road safety was included for the first time in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as target 3.6 (the target is to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020)and 11.2 (to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030).
  • Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety calls for all Member States to increase focus on intersectoral approaches, implement SDGs and renew their compromise towards Global Plan for the Decade.