Road Safety on Five Continents: Conference in Jeju, South Korea 2018

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Saerona Choi

Road traffic injuries resulting in loss of life is one of the major global health problems today with 1.24 million people killed annually, i.e., one person is killed every 25 s in a road crash. Many countries work systematically to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities and have achieved good results; however, much remains to be done. Estimates indicate that, unless action is taken over the next 15 years, the annual number of fatalities in road crashes may rise to 2.4 million, predominantly increasing in low and middle-income countries.

Global cooperation is required to stop the growth of traffic fatalities. To reverse this trend, knowledge, information and experience from success stories and good practice must be shared. Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C), is an international conference aiming at enhancing road safety globally, by providing a platform for facilitating essential knowledge exchange and helping participating countries to provide a high level of safe and healthy mobility for future transportation.

The foundation of the RS5C lies in state of the art research and good practice. By providing a mutual ground for sharing acquired knowledge and a forum to discuss mutual problems and suitable solutions so that researchers, officials and other stakeholders can learn from results, experiences and success stories.

RS5C aims to be a leading source of research results, information and interaction in the road transport area with a focus on safety, mobility and health issues associated with road transport. This aim is accomplished by cooperation with local as well as global organisations to ensure that RS5C meets local needs with global state of the art solutions. Moreover, RS5C produces papers of high scientific quality that are freely accessible to everyone.

Originally, the emphasis for the conference “Road Safety on Two Continents” was two continents, Europe and North America, to bring road safety researchers together. Conferences were held in Europe between 1987 and 1999 and then expanded to three continents in 2000 when the conference was relocated to South Africa. A fourth continent, Asia, was added in 2007 in which year the conference was hosted in Thailand. In 2016 the conference was expanded to Brazil, South America, hence the new name "Road Safety on Five Continents".

In May 2018, the RS5C conference took place in Jeju, South Korea, and attracted the international research community, national safety experts, decision makers, practitioners and other delegates with an interest in road safety development. More than 100 presentations on road safety were accepted from more than 30 countries. The conference was organised by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) in close cooperation with Korea Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) in South Korea.

The eight peer-reviewed papers in this special issue cover a wide range of topics, demonstrating a broad spectrum of road safety issues from motorised to non-motorised road users, as well as vehicle, road and economical issues.

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