International Handbook of Road Safety

Leading academics and practitioners in road safety, public health and international road safety advocacy are collaborating to provide an ‘International Handbook of Road Safety’ to support the implementation of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

According to the World Health Organization, about 1.24 million people die each year on the world’s roads with people aged between 15 and 44 accounting for 59% global traffic deaths. In addition, between 20 and 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries from traffic accidents. Although, countries have made significant efforts to reduce the number of road deaths it continues to be an important public health issue.

The Handbook, coordinated by Monash University, the Commission for Global Road Safety and the University of Michigan, is a 28 chapter book that will bring leading road safety, public health and regulatory scholars, along with leading figures from non-governmental organisations and industries, into a single volume. Contributors have decades of experience between them in fighting the global epidemic of road traffic injuries, and represent leading organisations in Europe, the US, Australia, Africa and Asia.

This book is intended to place road safety in its historical, social and ethical context, and will articulate a roadmap for what needs to be done in order to stem the growing number of deaths on our roads. It will serve as an important reference point for the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety which is due to be held in 2015, at the mid-point of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, and will highlight the importance of including road traffic injury prevention within the post-2015 development agenda, as an issue impacting on wider goals for health, poverty reduction, reducing carbon emissions and promoting social justice .

The book is expected to be released in May 2014 to coincide with the third anniversary of the launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, and is being published by Edward Elgar London.