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CARSP Launches Resources to Support the UN’s Road Safety Initiatives

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The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) announced the release of its latest online resource, entitled Road Safety Information.

On October 28th, 2021, the United Nations and the World Health Organization launched the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, which aims to reduce global road traffic deaths and injuries by 50 percent by 2030. To help achieve the goals laid out in the Global Plan, this resource will feature content so the media and public can gain value from basic, credible road safety information and FAQs.

The new resource covers 13 important road safety topics, including Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, Vision Zero and the Safe Systems Approach, Safe Speeds, Emerging Technologies, and Road Safety During COVID-19. The Road Safety Information webpage will be updated at least every year in both English and French. 

“Road safety professionals, or whoever wishes to dig deeper, will appreciate links to additional resources and detailed reference lists,” says CARSP’s Executive Director, Brenda Suggett. “This resource is sponsored by Transport Canada and has been developed by a team of road safety experts within CARSP. Different resource components are intended for different audiences, so there will be content for various stakeholders in road safety.”

CARSP envisions that this information will be used to advance the road safety agenda across multiple Canadian sectors, including governments (federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal), non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Across Canada, people realize the toll that motor vehicle crashes take on families and communities. In response, road authorities and partners are developing plans and programs aimed at reducing crashes. Some communities are adopting Vision Zero, a philosophy wherein no loss of life on our roads is acceptable, and policies that support this direction. There’s a growing demand for an online resource of road safety knowledge for the media and the public. While Canada does have Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 and some progress has been made, much work remains to be done by multiple Canadian stakeholders.

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