South Korea Drops Traffic Crashes by Almost 60% In 22 Years


Through a series of comprehensive policies and strategies, South Korea has accomplished a remarkable reduction of traffic crashes in less than 22 years.

Although there isn’t a single answer as to what had paved the way to this achievement, the World Bank attempted to summarize all steps taken, into three categories:

Enforcement side: thorough revision and complementing transport safety acts, regulations and guidelines and installation of speeding and red-run cameras

Engineering side: transport facilities including infrastructure and safety controls (guardrails, new pavement and speed controls)

Education side: driver license issuing programs were reviewed, tactics to discourage drunk driving and other high-risk behaviors were implemented

These efforts lead to an increase of 59.1% of total car crash toll bringing them down from 11,460 to 4,762 over the same 22-year period.

The World Bank believes policies and strategies that played key roles in achieving these results were:

1-    School Zones: is the area within 300 meters from the main entrance of a school, where road facilities are designed under specific school zone design guidelines and where traffic enforcement is much stricter.
2-    Civic organizations playing awareness role through campaigns and daily road safety activities
3-    The symbolism of saving kids’ lives cause that appealed to government officials and moved them more to be cooperative, which has lead to a flow of fundraising and support from the general public 

This demonstrates that a drastic reduction of toll of traffic crashes is feasible and begins with decision makers’ will to improve and the collaboration between different stakeholders.

In this context, Kunhadi urges the Lebanese Prime Minister to call for the meeting of the National Road Safety Council to set a comprehensive national strategy for the implementation of the New Traffic Law and improve road safety in Lebanon.