Table 7.2 Proposed Ethiopian Road Sector Development Programme Traffic Safety Policy

Table 7.2 Proposed Ethiopian Road Sector Development Programme Traffic Safety Policy

The following guidelines shall apply to all Road Sector rehabilitation projects:

  1. Road signs and markings will be a basic/automatic component of any road rehabilitation project and this will involve updating and not simply replacing the existing insufficient signs and markings.
  2. Accident analysis will be undertaken on available accident data. Road engineers must liaise with police and make effort to identify local accident pattern. Road engineers should also provide traffic police with strip maps of project road to facilitate future accident location referencing. Additional road accident monitoring (hospitals, community NGOs) should be required to identify all injury road accidents occurring. Accident costs will be included in the economic appraisal of a road project.
  3. Safety Audits will be conducted on all major road schemes and hazardous locations identified by accident analyses or safety audits will be improved
  4. Speed reduction measures will be implemented at locations where rehabilitated roads transect villages. These locations should be identified by the safety audit.
  5. No pedestrian priority crossings to be allowed where operating/posted speed is more than 50 km/hour. Pedestrian facilities must be appropriate and not misleading.
  6. Education and publicity campaigns will be conducted at all locations warranting speed reduction measures and schools within kilometre of road.
  7. For tender prequalifications, all roadwork contractors must undergo short (1-2 day) contractor training course on traffic management at roadworks. Roadworks are to be signed and include expected date for road signs and markings installation.
  8. Technical assistance to highway patrols and first aid facilities on highways should be considered.
  9. All safety related reports and materials will be provided to a road safety coordinater and will be shared with the other signees of this policy. Source: TRL, 2000