The Safe System Approach To Driving
November 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM
Originally developed in Sweden, the safe system approach has been in use in New Zealand since 2010 and has helped reduce death and injury on our roads. Although there is still much to be done, this system has been able to reduce road accidents by a significant margin.
The system tries to create a more forgiving road system that gives room for human fallibility and vulnerability, to reduce the impact of mistakes. We can all agree that mistakes are inevitable.
This system accepts that:
- People make mistakes on the road that sometimes result in accidents.
- People are fragile and will suffer from injury, sometimes losing their lives.
- Responsibility should be shared between road users and road system designers ( such as police, planners, policy makers and the like.)
- All components of the road system (roadsides, roads, speeds, road use and vehicles) need to be improved so that they complement each other in accident prevention.
With these conditions and considerations roads will be safer, speeds better managed, and more safety features will be incorporated into vehicles and road systems to save more lives by allowing for mistakes.