Speed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road traffic crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes. For instance, pedestrians have a 90% chance of survival if hit by a car traveling at a speed of 30km/h or below, but less than a 50% chance of surviving an impact of 45km/h or above.
This speed management manual proposes simple, effective and low-cost solutions to excessive and inappropriate speed that can be implemented on a national or local level. It targets governments, non-governmental organizations and road safety practitioners, particularly those in low- and middle-income countries.
The manual is based on a modular structure that provides evidence, examples, case studies and practical steps on how to manage vehicle speed.
I don't doubt that the WHO once spent a bunch of money studying speed management, with a focus on what happens when vehicles hit pedestrians.
But what do they know about this stuff, anyway? Particularly when they lack guidelines for the vulnerable pedestrians, whilst thinking they can provide useful speed advise to traffic engineers.
The WHO should focus on what they understand, or should comprehend. Such as Covid-19.