Data in the Driver's Seat

Big data is taking center stage at the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm this week.
 
Attendees will seek ways to reduce road fatalities and injuries—now the top killer of 5-29-year-olds—by half by 2030, WHO reported.
 
Numbers are needed to measure success. A new database breaks down daily injuries by type, number, and cost, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Among the figures: 3,600+ lives lost each day and 2,000+ daily concussions costing over $23 million.
 
But incremental improvements to a road’s safety can reduce the risk of death or injury, and fresh efforts are underway:
 
The new Asia-Pacific road safety observatory was established to improve crash data, reports Traffic Technology Today.
 
Plus, Bloomberg Philanthropies has doubled its support for global road safety efforts—adding another $240 million—and rolled out the Road Safety Awards to highlight successes.  

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