Road safety

Authored by: Keith M. Wolhuter

Geometric Design of Roads Handbook

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415521727
eBook ISBN: 9781482288728
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b18344-15

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Abstract

The ‘Safe System’ approach has generally been adopted worldwide. It is based on the Swedish ‘Vision Zero’ and the Dutch ‘Sustainable Safety’ and is built on the ethical basis that no one should be seriously injured or killed in his or her use of the road. Road authorities should thus strive to eliminate fatal and serious injury crashes by adopting a holistic systems approach. This system should recognise that people can and do make mistakes and that the human body is frail and can absorb only a limited amount of energy before it is seriously hurt.

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