Organization: Qatar National Road Safety
Forum: Road traffic injury
Between 2000 and 2006, Qatar experienced a steadily increasing number of road crash fatalities as its population rapidly expanded. With the introduction of an initial series of road traffic reforms in 2007, the number of fatalities and serious injuries declined.
However, even with this reduction, road fatality rates in Qatar remain excessive when compared to other HICs. For example, in 2010 there were 13 deaths per 100,000 population in Qatar, compared with around 3 per 100,000 population in countries like the Netherlands, UK and Sweden.
In response to this burden of RTIs, the Qatar National Road Safety Strategy has been developed. This ten-year strategy (2013-2022) sets out to reduce road crash fatalities from about 13 to 6 per 100,000 people, and serious injuries from 33 to 15 per 100,000 people. This will be accomplished by pursuing a variety of tactics, including increased police enforcement measures, mass media campaigns, concentrating on “high-risk drivers and riders” such as males aged 18-30, improved street and infrastructure design, police-back data-collection efforts, and enhanced vehicle safety standards.
This multi-pronged strategy conforms to the five pillars designated by the Global Road Safety “Decade of Action”, and illustrates the need for national road safety strategies to be comprehensive and ambitious in design. Qatar’s experience will provide valuable lessons for the global community in the field of road safety.