#SpeakUp to SaveLIVES

To know what to speak up for, you need to understand the risks you face on the road first. Every day you travel to work, school or visit family and friends. During your daily travels you, or your children, may encounter certain risks on the roads. We encourage you to assess these risks and start demanding road safety. We ask you to only demand road safety interventions that are evidence-based and are proven to work from our lists of of interventions provided.

The World Health Organization developed the Save LIVES technical package to support road safety decision-makers and practitioners in their efforts to significantly reduce the number of road traffic deaths in their countries. Save LIVES provides an evidence-based inventory of priority interventions.

Save LIVES package World map of road fatalities Reports Videos 



Save LIVES Technical Package


Speed management

Speeding is a major risk factor for road traffic injuries, contributing to both crash risk and crash consequences. As average traffic speed increases, so too does the likelihood of a crash. For instance, an increase of 1 km/h in mean vehicle speed results in an increase of 3% in the incidence of crashes resulting in injury and an increase of 4–5% in the incidence of fatal crashes. The higher the speed the greater the stopping distance required, and hence the increased risk of a road traffic crash.


Establish and enforce speed limit laws nationwide, locally and in cities

Build or modify roads which calm traffic, e.g. roundabouts, road narrowing, speed bumps, chicanes and rumble strips
Require car makers to install new technologies, such as intelligent speed adaptation, to help drivers keep to speed limits

Speed management Flyer  SaveLIVES package  

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Leadership on road safety

It takes effective leadership to mobilize action for the implementation of road safety policies and strategies. Leaders must ensure there is collaboration across a diverse group of actors including those from health, transport, finance, education and law enforcement agencies.


 Create an agency to spearhead road safety 
 Develop and fund a road safety strategy
 Evaluate the impact of road safety strategies
 Monitor road safety by strengthening data systems
 Raise awareness and public support through education and campaigns

Leadership on road safety Flyer SaveLIVES package Get involved


Infrastructure design and improvement


Traditionally, road infrastructure has focused mainly on motorized transport - often at the expense of safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Today most countries, while promoting walking and cycling, have not developed infrastructure that reduces the risk of road traffic injuries, and pedestrians and cyclists are forced to share the road with high-speed vehicles. Governments should prioritize updating road design standards and ensure that new roads are planned, designed and operated according to safety standards


Provide safe infrastructure for all road users including sidewalks, safe crossings, refuges, overpasses and underpasses
Put in place bicycle and motorcycle lanes
Make the sides of roads safer by using clear zones, collapsible structures or barriers
Design safer intersections
Separate access roads from through-roads
Prioritize people by putting in place vehicle-free zones
Restrict traffic and speed in residential, commercial and school zones

Provide better, safer routes for public transport 

Infrastructure design and improvement Flyer SaveLIVES package 

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Vehicle safety standards


Safe vehicles play a critical role in averting crashes and reducing the likelihood of serious injury. The United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations sets safety standards for motor vehicles and provides a legal framework that Member States may apply voluntarily. Vehicles that meet the requirements of these standards are less likely to be involved in road traffic crashes and, in the event of a crash, are less likely to cause serious injury. However, only 40 countries currently meet all priority safety regulations.


Establish and enforce motor vehicle safety standard regulations related to:

  • seat-belts;
  • seat-belt anchorages;
  • frontal impact;
  • side impact;
  • electronic stability control;
  • pedestrian protection; and
  • ISOFIX child restraint points.
Establish and enforce regulations on motorcycle anti-lock braking and daytime running lights

Vehicle safety standards Flyer SaveLIVES package Get involved


Enforcing traffic laws


The five main behaviours most likely to result in road traffic injuries are drinking and driving, not using a helmet, a seat-belt or child restraint, and speeding. Although many countries have laws that address these risky behaviours, they may not be fully enforced. When establishing new laws or amending existing ones, consider the evidence on best practices. Laws that do not meet best practice are less likely to have an impact on road traffic deaths or change the behaviour of drivers and passengers.


Establish and enforce laws at national, local and city levels on: 
  • drinking and driving;
  • motorcycle helmets;
  • seat-belts; and
  • child restraints.

Enforcement of traffic laws Flyer SaveLIVES package Get involved


Survival after a crash


Timely and effective emergency care can reduce the consequences of injuries resulting from a road traffic crash, thereby reducing disability and deaths. Effective emergency care begins at the scene of injury with assistance from bystanders and continues through prehospital care and transport to services at an appropriate medical facility.


Develop organized and integrated prehospital and facility-based emergency care systems 
Train those who respond to crashes in basic emergency care
Promote community first responder training

Survival after a crash Flyer SaveLIVES package Get involved


World map of road fatalities


WHO GRS Info: An app for road safety data

WHO GRS Info allows users to explore and interact with the data from the Global status report on road safety 2018, published by WHO in December 2018.

Using the app you can:

  • quickly access the report’s key messages;
  • compare country profiles;
  • compare a country’s death rate and legislation with global or regional averages;
  • save the results of your queries.

More info about the app

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Get involved!


Have you decided to speak up? That is great news! We would love to hear what you have to say! The first step is to assess your journey; the second step to record your demands; and the third step to prompt decision-makers to make a pledge to act on them.