The 4th International Safer Roads Conference, which took place in May, 2014, in the UK, was a great success and helped break down divisions between agencies and specialisms involved in creating and maintaining road networks.
The Conference programme included papers from nine different countries by the police, medical doctors, traffic safety professionals and highway maintenance and asset management engineers; a truly significant cross section of those involved in producing safer roads. The keynote speakers from Holland, New Zealand, UK and USA were also inspirational.
They questioned the complacency generated by reducing headline accidents rates, while masking increases in deaths and serious injuries to the most vulnerable, and attitudes to road safety. Responsibility needs to be shared - system designers and those who use the roads must jointly create a road system where crash forces do not cause death or serious injury.
The Conference was co-sponsored by W.D.M. Limited, New Zealand Transport Agency and the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation. Papers and presentations are available, free of charge on the Conference web-site, www.saferroads.org.uk alongside the papers and presentations for the three earlier conferences. The 5th Safer Roads Conference will be held in New Zealand in 2017.