Roundtable consultation for sharing regional experience in police enforcement for road safety

11–12 February 2019, Moscow, Russian Federation

WHO/Europe is pleased to announce a 2-day workshop to share experiences in strategies and practices in policing for road safety, and further develop national capacity for implementing a safe systems approach to road safety enforcement.

The importance of road safety as a public health and national development issue is reflected in its inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG target 3.6 calls for a 50% reduction in road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020.

WHO's extensive catalogue of normative and technical guidance for strengthening road safety is based on the recommended systems approach to road safety. This recognizes that the human body is highly vulnerable to injury and that humans make mistakes, but that a set of complementary interventions, to create safer roads, safer vehicles, safer speeds, and safer behaviour by road users, work together to accommodate error. The United Nations General Assembly has designated WHO the lead agency for road safety within the United Nations system. The role requires WHO engagement with all relevant stakeholders including in the police, transport and health sectors.

The workshop is proposed to be a mix of lecture-based presentations, roundtable discussions, field visits and practical demonstrations to highlight key principles and approaches in enforcement strategies for all major behaviour risk factors (speed, restraints, helmets, alcohol, mobile phones).

Workshop objectives

  • identify barriers, challenges, opportunities and solutions to strengthening road policing for road safety in participating countries;
  • share technical knowledge and intercountry experience between participating police agencies on safe systems for road safety, effective road policing, financing, enforcement and communications strategies;
  • identify opportunities for bilateral or multilateral collaboration for further strengthening national capacity for road policing;
  • develop enhanced enforcement strategies and procedures applicable to the situation in participating countries, particularly for speed and alcohol infringements.

Expected outcomes

  • An informal network of police agencies for road safety will be established in the WHO European Region.
  • Opportunities for sharing experiences, challenges and lessons learned between police agencies will be facilitated.

Target audience

This workshop will be targeted at senior police officers with responsibility for traffic policing. Two senior officers will be selected from each of the following middle-income countries, which have some of the highest road traffic mortality rates in the European Region: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

In addition, police representatives from select high-income countries and representatives from the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) will be invited to share experiences on road policing in high-resource settings. Further, counterparts from relevant road safety stakeholders and partner organizations will be invited to share their experience in collaborating with the police to enhance the effectiveness of enforcement.


Participation is restricted to national experts by invitation only.