IPH response to a consultation on a new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland

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2021
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Institute of Public Health in Ireland
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Institute of Public Health in Ireland
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The Institute of Public Health responded to a consultation on the proposed content of the new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2030, launched by the Department for Infrastructure in November 2021. Key Observations The Institute made a series of recommendations on the proposed new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland, including the following: • Commit to reduce inequalities in injuries and deaths on our roads through targets and specified actions addressing socially disadvantaged and/or vulnerable road users. • Commit to a five-year programme of legislative review and reform to stimulate and maintain a modal shift in road travel and enhance road safety. • Establish a research workstream to agree priorities for the evaluation of road safety interventions. • Enhance the recognition of air pollution as a road safety consideration within the strategy and the responsibility held by this sector to respond to the climate crisis. • Prioritise the reduction of vehicle speed on 30mph roads and mandate for 20mph speed limits outside all schools. • Include public health expertise on the proposed Road Safety Forum and engage public health stakeholders in strategy development and implementation. • Include strategic collaboration with Great Britain and Ireland as a core component of the action plan, particularly in terms of research and data sharing. • Convene a task and finish group to enhance public transport by addressing barriers that may exist; for example, regarding personal safety and accessibility.
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Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2021, IPH response to a consultation on a new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
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