19 déc 23

Carlos Roberto Guemez Shedden, UNHCR: Reducing road crashes in regions with low road safety cultures.

During the Global Fleet Summit, Virtual Experience, fleet professionals were invited to provide a short, but to-the-point response to one of 12 central questions. 

Carlos Roberto Guemez Shedden, the U-N-H-C-R Senior Road Safety Coordinator, answers the question: “How can tracking data support in reducing road crashes in countries with a low road safety culture?”

1. Spatial Distribution of Traffic Crashes

Utilizing telematics devices for tracking vehicle movements and driver behavior provides crucial data on when and where accidents occur. This data enables the identification of high-crash areas, allowing for targeted interventions such as infrastructure changes, safety administration improvements, or driver training programs.

2. Enforcement and Shared Responsibility

Emphasizing the Safe System Approach to road safety, Shedden stressed the shared responsibility among various stakeholders. In the absence of proper enforcement by authorities, organizations are urged to take a proactive role in monitoring driver behavior using telematics. This involves rewarding good practices while correcting risky behaviors like aggressive driving or fatigue-related issues.

3. Monitoring Driving Hours and Resting Times

Recognizing fatigue as a significant contributor to accidents, tracking data helps identify overworked drivers or those not adhering to recommended resting times. Interventions can then be planned to address these issues and reduce the occurrence of fatigue-related incidents.

4. Monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Shedden emphasized that KPIs shouldn't solely focus on the number of road traffic crashes but rather on the effectiveness of implemented interventions. Absolute numbers provide the scale of problems, while rates calculated based on metrics like kilometers traveled enable assessing the success of interventions. By analyzing both absolute numbers and rates, organizations can gauge the impact of their safety measures accurately.

The insights shared by Shedden provide a roadmap for organizations and authorities to utilize tracking data as a powerful tool in transforming road safety cultures, emphasizing proactive measures, and fostering safer driving practices.

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Authored by: Yves Helven