Using ITS to Save Lives

Globally more than 3 000 deaths occur each day a result of a road traffic collision, with a high percentage of this in South Africa. The International Transport Forum’s (ITF) ranks South Africa the worst out of 36 other countries with a bad road safety record.

The ITF report also estimates the economic cost of South Africa’s road crashes as more than R300-billion each year.

ITS South Africa is hosting a two-day strategic conversation (20-21 September 2017) in Cape Town on applying ITS Strategies and Systems to help save lives in pursuit of the objectives of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

How can ITS solutions help to save lives and save money?

The UN Decade for Action for Road Safety (2011 – 2020) is based on 5 pillars:

  • Road Safety Management;
  • Safer Roads & Mobility;
  • Safer vehicles;
  • Safer Road User Behaviour; and
  • Post-Crash Response.

The traditional road safety approach is centred around the 4XEs, of Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Evaluation.

Aligning the two models in a problem-solving matrix, it is abundantly clear that ITS strategies and systems CAN and MUST contribute towards saving lives and reducing associated costs.

The multi-sided question we have to address – in partnerships with various related stakeholders — is how can ITS help save lives across this matrix where action is required.

  • Click here to submit an abstract to participate in this conversation.
  • Click here to register to attend.

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