#RRSAW2022 Day 2: The Safe System Approach for Rural Roads
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Any hardboiled sleuth will tell you humans make mistakes. Even the most wise-headed driver can’t escape it. But many times, roads are built assuming the people on them are perfect. Why is that? It’s a mystery.
Every mystery is a puzzle. Put the pieces in the right place and everyone gets home safely. To solve this case, we need a holistic, human-centered system that brings all the pieces of rural road safety together.
Let us introduce the Safe System Approach.
The 6 Guiding Principles of the Safe System Approach are:
Deaths and serious injuries are unacceptable
Humans make mistakes
Humans are vulnerable
Responsibility is shared
Safety is proactive
Redundancy is crucial
Based on these principles, the Safe System Approach also includes five elements that create layers of protection for road users.
Safe road users
When used together, this approach reduces injury severity and prevents fatal crashes. All five layers must fail for a fatal crash to occur.
As you plan to solve the mystery of rural road deaths in your area, you’ll need a heroic team of safety allies to assist. We’ve got you covered on Day 3 of Rural Road Safety Awareness Week – Proven Safety Countermeasures!
Part 1: Introducing the Safe System Approach and Traffic Safety
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