What we do
Our road safety projects support Sustainable Development Goals 3.6 and 11.2 by focusing on seven priority areas to develop sustainable transport systems and make roads safe across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Protecting children from road risk is an absolute priority. Over 500 children are killed on the world’s roads every day, while road traffic collisions are the leading cause of death in every world region for young people aged 15-29 years. Our road safety projects make sure that children and young people are aware of the risks on the road and provide them with the skills to remain safe and healthy, as well as working with schools and local authorities to ensure roads are safe and every child is protected.
With one in three road crashes taking place when people are driving for work purposes, reducing the risk of commercial vehicles and public transport globally could play a very significant role in cutting road fatalities and achieving the targets of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Through EASST Academy, we offer occupational road safety management training led by world-leading industry experts to give those responsible for commercial vehicles the skills to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy in their companies.
Every year 20 to 50 million people are injured on the world’s roads, and an estimated 30% of those people remain permanently disabled. Disability and road risk are closely interlinked. Road injury is not just a major cause of permanent disability; people with disabilities are also more at risk on the roads. EASST works with its local partners to raise awareness of the links between disability, mobility and road risk and advocate for safer and more accessible public spaces.
Effective road policing is essential to protect the public from dangers such as speeding, drink-driving and non-use of seat belts, all of which are key factors contributing to road deaths and injuries globally. Good enforcement and positive policing are also vital for identifying local risks, monitoring progress and encouraging safe road use. We work across the EASST region to assist road police forces with advice, equipment and training in road safety enforcement to develop strategies for effective road policing and working with local communities.
Post-crash response is an essential Pillar within the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 -2020. However, many low and middle-income countries still lack capacity for road rescue and, as a result, many people are dying at the side of the road every day. Yet by giving someone first aid within the first 10 minutes after a crash, their chances of surviving increase by 60-70 per cent. We work to actively improve post-crash response and thereby survival rates through projects with our partners FIRE AID.
Good governance is essential to building a safe system, reducing road risk and saving lives. This includes promoting evidence-based road safety policy and supporting regulatory frameworks, challenging corruption and building trust in road police, and encouraging communication and cooperation between government departments. Successful road safety systems require concerted effort across national and regional boundaries. We work to promote cross-border dialogue and facilitate cooperation and understanding through building local road safety capacity and expertise.
Globally, the volume of CO2 emissions from transport is some 60% higher than in 1990 and is forecast to continue an upward trajectory. In EASST partner countries, where vehicle ownership is still relatively low, CO2 emissions from vehicle transport are forecast to continue rising due to growing car ownership. Around 300 million children live with dangerously toxic levels of air pollution globally, with vehicle emissions a key contributor. Our sustainable mobility projects encourage cleaner and more sustainable streets by promoting eco-driving, cycling and smart street design for pedestrian-friendly cities.