The Road Safety Framework sets out a long term vision that there will be zero fatalities and serious injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050. We all have a part to play to achieve this vision and key to this is understanding the Safe System approach to Road Safety.
The Safe System recognises that people are fragile and can make mistakes which can lead to collisions, however, no should be killed or seriously injured as a result. The five pillars of the Safe System effectively act as layers of protection and mitigates the injuries that do occur. These five pillars are: Safe Road Use, Safe Vehicles, Safe Speeds, Safe Roads and Roadsides, and Post-crash Response.
Over the next three years, we will undertake a National Conversation on road safety to encourage greater personal responsibility and a change in perception which, ultimately, aims to lead to a transformation of the road safety culture. Our goal is for all road users in Scotland to be aware, understand and know how they fit into the Safe System approach.
Through this National Conversation, we will introduce a Scotland specific road safety week which be held for the first time during week commencing 21 March 2022 and will include Road Safety Scotland’s annual seminar on Wednesday 23 March which will have a focus on the Safe System.
To get involved or support the event over the Road Safety Week please visit Road Safety Scotland’s website.