Each year, in South Africa, more than 14 000 people die on our roads, nearly 1.3 million people die worldwide as a result of a road traffic collision – more than 3 000 deaths each day – and more than half of these people are not travelling in a car. Ninety percent of road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which claim less than half the world's registered vehicle fleet.
Recognising the tremendous global burden of these fatalities and other serious injuries, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the period 2011 – 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, with the goal of stabilising and eventually reducing the number of deaths and injuries, on 2 March 2010. Road safety stakeholders were called upon to strengthen their co-operation, develop action plans and strategies on road safety, continue raising road safety awareness by organising advocacy events, and scaling up existing efforts.
It is with this background that SARF will be hosting the SARF Road Safety Conference, in partnership with the Road Traffic Management Corporation. Organisations endorsing this conference are International Road Federation, SANRAL and Global Road Safety Partnership. The conference will be used to deliberate on measures and actions which can be taken with regard to the strengthening of institutional capacity, provision of safe road infrastructure, safer vehicles, safer road users, including education, awareness and enforcement, which will ensure that fatalities and serious injuries are reduced significantly over the identified period.
This conference will be held on 7 and 8 June 2011 and follows on the official launch of the “Decade of Action” on 11 May 2011. Further information on topics and themes are available at www.sarf.org.za.
Professional conference organiser, Currin't Events, has been appointed by SARF to co-ordinate this conference. Parties interested in attending, sponsoring or exhibiting can contact Janyce Currin on Janyce@currintevents.co.za.