“Safer CAREC Roads: Moving the region forward in safety”
Road safety is a key issue for CAREC member countries. All member countries have made a commitment to improve road safety through their support for the CAREC Road Safety Strategy 2017–2030 that was endorsed by the 15th CAREC Ministerial Conference in October 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The strategy aims to reduce number of road crash fatalities on the CAREC road corridors by 50% by 2030 (compared to 2010). Under the ethos of “think regionally, act nationally,” the strategy provides a benchmark for all CAREC member countries to address regional safety issues through tackling national road safety issues in their own jurisdictions.
A key area that is under the direct influence of decision makers responsible for CAREC road projects is the “safer roads” pillar. The overall goal of this regional workshop is to accelerate the design, construction, management, and maintenance of safer roads and highways, through use of road safety engineering principles and practices.
With the title “Safer Roads; moving the region forward in safety,” the specific objectives of the workshop are to allow senior officials from road agencies in each CAREC member country to:
(i) Discuss and develop a plan, with priority actions for changes in policies and/or practices that will advance road safety engineering in each CAREC nation.
(ii) Build understanding of best practice principles in road safety engineering. This will be broken down into four essential road safety engineering tasks:
- Being proactive in road designs (road safety audits)
- Treating hazardous road locations (blackspots)
- Low-cost ways to making road sides safer (roadside hazard management) and to improve pedestrian safety
- Safer construction sites for workers and users (safety at road work sites)
(iii) Provide an opportunity for experience sharing and collaboration in road safety engineering among countries within the region.