The “Road Safety Plan” aims to reduce road accident deaths by 50% by 2020, in a city with the highest density of motorisation in Europe.
The Road Safety Plan implies an integrated policy focused on drastically reducing fatalities and serious injuries, through the use of new ICT.
According to the Master Plan of Rome, the need of the adoption of the Road Safety Plan and its tools is due to the fact that approximately 200,000 people are expected to reside outside the Great Ring Road of Rome by 2020. As a consequence, displacements of commuters and private vehicles in the metropolitan area of Rome will significantly increase. All this implies that the citizens of Rome are supposed to support an average social cost of over 2 billion of Euros.
In fact, every collision has a considerable impact on society. Crashes cause congestion which limits the productivity of not only Rome, but much of the region as well. Congestion means wasted time and wasted gas. The effect that serious and fatal collisions have on our city is significant. Each of these tragedies touches the families, friends, and co-workers of those involved in an incalculable way: 165 traffic-related deaths and over 16,000 injuries per year. These numbers have to be much lower. Each crash also requires a significant infusion of public money since police department resources must be directed to each incident.
The city of Rome is allocating a budget corresponding to more than 4,5 M€ to the Road Safety Plan that includes the financial contribution of the Region and the State. Part of this budget, approx. 1,2 M€, is for the set-up of the Monitoring Centre.
Evidence of success
Following the implementation of the Plan, there has been a clear improvement in the phenomenon of road accidents. A clear decline in accidents and harmful consequences becomes a confirmation of a trend and objectives settled. There has been a -35% of the number of casualties killed, a 37% of the number of injured and finally a 41% of the number of reserved prognoses. Overall an average annual decrease of 4-5% in the number of more or less serious injuries that represents a real change of course.
Its objective is to reduce road accident deaths by 50% by 2020, in a city with the highest density of motorisation in Europe – 1,022 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants – 165 traffic-related deaths and over 16,000 injuries per year.
Potential for learning or transfer
The objective of the Road Safety Plan of Rome has been a significant opportunity to not only improve safety for people across the city but to eliminate the societal costs of these incidents as well. A transportation system with fewer fatalities and serious collisions ensured that people using all modes are safer on Rome’s streets, that people and goods keep moving, and that families are no longer affected by these preventable crashes.
In fact, a Road Safety Plan combined with a communication campaign in favour of the public transport and the Right to Mobility has contributed to the improvement of public health, reducing air pollution, guaranteeing a high standard of safety for all road users. The good practice has implied also the creation of an Interdepartmental and multidisciplinary Working Group.