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QU hosts Webinar on “Role of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety" | Qatar University

QU hosts Webinar on “Role of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety"

2020-11-18 00:00:00.0
snapshot during the road safety webinar

Road traffic crashes and resulted in fatalities and injuries are among the most challenging issues which the world is facing. The newly adopted UN Resolution on “Improving Global Road Safety” encourages Member States to ensure the safety and protection of all road users through safer road infrastructure and to take into account the needs of motorized and non-motorized transport, and other vulnerable road users, through a combination of proper planning and safety assessment and audits or roads performed at different stages (design, construction, operation, and maintenance of roads.)
1.35 million people die on the roads every year. Road Traffic Injuries are the 8th leading cause of death. The new resolution declares a new Decade of Action (2021-2030) with the objective to halve road deaths and injuries by 2030.
Road Safety Audits (RSAs) is one of the main risks assessment tools that can be applied at successive stages of road planning, design, and operations. In order to emphasize the importance of RSAs, Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center in the College of Engineering (Qatar University) in collaboration with the National Traffic Safety Committee of The State of Qatar, the International Road Federation (IRF), World Conference on Transport Research Society and Khatib & Alami Consolidated Engineering The company have organized an international technical workshop entitled “Role of Road Safety Audits in Improving Traffic Safety”. This workshop is composed of a series of three webinars spread over three consecutive days from 8th to 10th of November 2020.
The aim of the workshop was to build knowledge and understanding of the importance and benefits of RSAs. Furthermore, it provided introductory knowledge on the scope and procedure of RSAs as well as the role and skills of the RSA team. The workshop was attended daily by more than 450 international experts on road safety from more than 45 countries.
Dr. Mohammed Al Qaradawi, the Director of Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center commented that this workshop is part of the center’s continuous efforts to join expertise with international partners to disseminate knowledge and awareness in road safety. This workshop highlights the role of the center in advancing research and knowledge in traffic safety, and in contributing to the community locally, and internationally.
During the workshop, a group of distinguished experts from International Road Federation (IRF) and members of the Spanish Association of Road Safety Auditors (ASEVI), delivered technical presentations addressing different issues related to road safety audits. The workshop was coordinated and moderated by Dr. Wael Alhajyaseen, Associate Professor at Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center and Chair of the “Traffic Safety Analysis and Policy” group in the World Conference on Transport Research Society.
Eng. Francisco Javier Lopez Delgado, Senior Road Safety Specialist in the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), delivered a presentation that addresses the Road Safety Management systems and the role of Road Safety Audits. He highlighted the need to have unified procedures and criteria for having accredited, experts, well trained and independent Road Safety Auditors and Senior Road Safety Specialists.
Mrs. Susanna Zammataro, IRF Director-General presented the Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure that was developed last year by the United Nations Road Safety collaboration group (UNRSC). The framework - that aims at building institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks to support countries in achieving UN Targets 3 and 4 in relation to Safer Road Infrastructure – is being implemented as a pilot in Tanzania thanks to the support of the UN Road Safety Fund and a strong coalition made up of IRF, iRAP, PIARC, TARA, and key agencies in Tanzania.
Eur. Ing. Miguel-Angel Serrano Santos, Senior Road Safety Specialist in the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), discussed the consideration of road safety during the road design stage. He emphasized that complying with the current design standards do not necessarily guarantee road safety. Thus, it is very important that designers understand the analysis, and comments made by Road Safety Specialists when performing a Road Safety Audit. This will enable them to incorporate, in advance of their proposed designs, the standard problems and comments usually identified by Road Safety Auditors. Economically, this will save time and costs for all parties involved.
Road safety in tunnels covered by Eng. Guillermo Barreda Monteoliva, the Senior Road Safety Specialist, was the final topic in this workshop. He provided details for the construction elements and specific safety systems existing in tunnels. He also highlighted the need of sharing this knowledge with tunnel users, for them to behave in a rational and efficient way while driving or walking during an incident/accident inside the tunnel. Road Safety Auditors should be educated in the use of these safety systems in order to ensure the well-being of the operation of the tunnels.
The workshop is part of the on-going collaboration between Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center and the International Road Federation (