Comment 117371

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 31, 2016 at 15:30:58 in reply to Comment 117370

I don't know if any large city has reached the zero goal it, but Sweden adopted it in 1997 as a country of 8 million and has made remarkable progress.

Remember, it is a goal and it might take a long time to reach it, or it might not be possible to reach exactly zero, but the idea is to change the perception that a certain number of deaths are fine (and inevitable) and we can be satisfied with how things are. The total number of fatalities has been on a sharp downward trend since 2003.

With only three of every 100,000 Swedes dying on the roads each year, compared with 5.5 per 100,000 across the European Union, 11.4 in America and 40 in the Dominican Republic, which has the world's deadliest traffic, Sweden’s roads have become the world’s safest.

Roads in Sweden are built with safety prioritised over speed or convenience.

Will the Swedes ever hit their "zero" target? Road-safety campaigners are confident that it is possible. With deaths reduced by half since 2000, they are well on their way.

Most workplaces have a zero fatality/accident goal, which is an important guiding principle, even if they don't always manage to achieve the goal. Why should you be less safe in public than in your place of work?

The take another example: France's TGV high speed rail system was designed with passenger safety in mind and has had zero passenger fatalities since the first train ran in 1980. Pretty remarkable for trains that travel over 300 km/h! This shows that careful engineering can indeed reduce the danger of transportation infrastructure.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2016-03-31 15:35:35

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