Violence and Injury Prevention

National workshop on road safety legislation held in Brazil

On 17-18 March a national workshop on road safety legislation was hosted in Brasilia, Brazil led by CONTRAN with the support of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Cities and WHO/PAHO.

The workshop, which complements previous global workshops on road safety legislation held in 2012 and 2013, was supported by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme (BP-GRSP), convening more than 50 representatives from government and civil society, including members of the national "Vida no Transito" project from Brasilia, Palmas and São Paulo. Participants included lawyers, law enforcement officers, engineers and others contributing to the development of road safety legislation.

The WHO guide Strengthening road safety legislation: a practice resource manual for countries served as a basis for discussions on current gaps in the traffic laws on five key risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. The need to standardize enforcement actions across federal and municipal levels was identified, as was the need to improve trauma care systems. Concrete proposals for action were made in terms of revising and better enforcing legislation. Brazil is one of four countries piloting such national workshops on road safety legislation in 2014 as part of the BP-GRSP.

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