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iRAP was proud to be a part of Safety 2022: The 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion last week in Adelaide, Australia, showcasing the vital importance of safe road infrastructure to achieving the Global SDGs to halve road deaths and injuries world-wide by 2030.

Each day, 3,500 people are killed in road crashes and 100,000 suffer life-changing injuries. Without intervention, 15 million people will die on global roads and 500 million people will be injured in the decade to 2030 at a cost of USD$24 trillion in crash costs to the community.

Fatalities are just the tip of the iceberg of road trauma, with life-changing injuries presenting an enormous cost borne by individuals and the community for years.

Raising the profile of road crash injury and the potential of the Safe System Approach and the elimination of high-risk roads to prevent injury was the key goal of participation.


Keynote speaker: Peter Frazer sharing Sarah’s story

Peter Frazer, President of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) presented an emotional tribute to his daughter Sarah, tragically killed in 2012 by a truck driver in a completely avoidable crash on the Hume Highway.

Due to the unsafe design of the road, she was unable to get her car fully off the road and it, and the NRMA tow truck that came to assist her, were struck. Since then, Peter has used his 40+ years’ experience in social justice, policy, research, law enforcement and intelligence, to positively influence legislative reform, infrastructure policy and community advocacy for 3-star or better safer roads.

Listen to Peter’s keynote presentation below (30 minutes):

Exhibiting the Road to Zero through the Safe System Approach

iRAP exhibited at the event in partnership with the Australian Transport Accident Commission (TAC),  presenting the “Road to Zero Through the Safe System Approach”.

The exhibit featured a 6m graphics wall showcasing the necessary safe system elements to achieve zero road deaths – safe road users in 5-star vehicles on 5-star roads, travelling at safe speeds.

It also included an iRAP-TAC animation presenting the Role of Safe Roads in the Safe System.

Victoria’s road safety journey since 1970 was showcased as an example for other countries and partners to learn from. In Victoria, an 80 per cent reduction in annual road deaths has been achieved with the implementation of a range of road user behaviour, enforcement, education, legislation, and infrastructure interventions over time.
The exhibit was complemented with a range of interactives allowing visitors to take Victoria’s road safety journey from 1970 – 2050 via virtual reality headsets, test their knowledge on speed and crash outcomes and explore how safe their country’s roads are, the human and economic impact of injury, the road attributes that matter and the Business Case for Safer Roads.

iRAP and TAC staff were on hand to answer questions and provide a range of information resources on iRAP in Countries, Star Rating for Schools, CycleRAP, Star Rating for Designs, RAP Tools and TAC’s Road to Zero Museum.

Hear iRAP Global Programme and Communications Manager Judy Williams and TAC Head of Road Safety Sam Cockfield speak about the exhibit shared at Safety 2022:



Hosted sessions

Road Safety State of the Art: Vision Zero by 2050 – How will we get there?

Watch the at-times amusing, insightful and provocative session below (90 minutes), hosted by Rob McInerney and including panellists:

  • Ms Nneka Henry, Head, United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF)
  • Mr John Crozier, National Trauma Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Ms Sana’a Ramiz Alkhassawneh, YOURS: Youth for Road Safety
  • Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the Department for Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization
  • Ms Monica Olyslagers, Global Innovation Manager and Safe Cities Specialist, iRAP
  • Mr Martin Small, Principal, Martin Small Consulting
Tools for Safer Roads and to Understand the Global Business Case Workshop

This interactive workshop showcased the range of iRAP and partner RAP Tools for road infrastructure safety management managed through the charity’s Innovation Framework:

Thanks to our AusRAP partners Emily McLean, Kenn Beer and Michael Nieuwesteeg for presenting in the session.

For more information on these and other RAP Tools visit



Link to the video presentations and abstracts below for presentations that included iRAP content:

Saving Lives Through Private-sector and Impact Investment in Road Safety – Rob McInerney, CEO, iRAP
Road Safety Star Ratings by Gender: Are Roads Less Safe for Women – Monica Olyslagers, Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist, iRAP
CycleRAP: Improving Safety for Bicycling and Light Mobility Through Crash Risk Modelling – Monica Olyslagers

Mark your diaries

Safety 2022 was hosted by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) with the support of co-sponsor the World Health Organisation and supporting hosts Australasian University Safety Association and the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN).

The 15th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion will be held 2-4 September 2024 in Delhi, India.

Image and content credit: iRAP, TAC and PHAA. Thanks to Safety 2022 for allowing us to share the session and presentation recordings.

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