Decade of Action for Road Safety

Promoting parent involvement in young
driver safety
Dr. Flaura K. Winston at the Road Safety in
Israel Conference, February 2013

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has joined the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. This initiative is dedicated to stabilizing and reducing worldwide road injuries and fatalities by heightening safety awareness at the regional, national, and global level. CIRP's goal for the Decade is to ensure the global community focuses on road safety for children.

WHO estimates that by the end of 2015 road traffic injuries will be the leading health burden for children over age 5 in developing countries. These nations can benefit from decades of lessons already learned in the U.S. These include basic infrastructure development, such as motor vehicle safety regulations and new car assessment programs, as well as theoretically-driven, evidence-based methods to create a culture of traffic safety.

CIRP has been a leader in road safety for children research for the past decade and regularly participates in global conversations on road safety for children. Here are some recent highlights of CIRP's global road safety for children involvement:

  • Read about Flaura K. Winston's teen driver safety research presentation at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland meeting in March 2015.
  • In June 2013, Robert Isler, PhD, an associate professor of Psychology at The University of Waikato in New Zealand, visited CIRP and presented on his research involving physiological psychology and human performance, road safety, and driver training and education to help prevent teen driver crashes. Read a blog post about his visit.
  • In August 2012, a child passenger safety-focused editorial by CIRP's Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE, Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE, and Flaura Winston, MD, PhD was published in Jornal de Pediatria, the official publication of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics.
  • In April 2012, Dr. Winston traveled to Israel to attend and present at a multidisciplinary conference on child accident trauma hosted by Beterem, the Israel National Center for Child Safety and Health. She also met with the Or Yarok Association for Safer Driving, as well as government officials at the Road Safety Authority and the Ministry of Health. Read more.
  • In March 2012, CIRP's Director of Engineering Kristy Arbogast, PhD traveled to Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden to continue the Center's  four-year collaboration with Swedish industry and academic and government researchers to improve rear seat safety for child occupants.

Here's a sampling of the Center's key road safety for children research projects that have national and global implications:

  • Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), a unique industry/academic research initiative that provided the only large-scale child-focused crash surveillance data system in the U.S. It informed new product development, test protocols and regulations, education, policy, and medical practice.
  • The Center's biomechanical engineers and others are implementing novel approaches to measure how children respond to the forces of a crash and to estimate their bodies' tolerance to various types of injury. This research is contributing to the development of more accurate pediatric anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), also known as child crash test dummies.
  • CIRP's multidisciplinary Teen Driver Safety Research team is advancing the science to understand why teens crash and to create interventions to prevent these crashes from occurring.

Read a blog post about Parachute's National Teen Driver Safety Week in Canada.

Read a blog post about Israel's National Child Safety Action Plan.

Visit the official Decade of Action website.

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