Violence and Injury Prevention

WHO and Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit release new online road safety legislation course

Passing and enforcing evidence-based legislation reduces road traffic injuries and fatalities. As part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, WHO has supported efforts in 12 countries in all six WHO regions to assess and improve legislation. These include providing technical support and building the skills of government lawyers and civil society representatives to assess and develop evidence-based laws. The lessons learned from these efforts led to the development of the free online “Road Safety Legislation” course. Developed as a collaboration of WHO and Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), the course is open to anyone interested in road safety legislation.

The course includes lessons organized in four modules covering basic road safety facts and the importance of road safety legislation; evidence for laws on some of the key risks and the post-crash response; factors to consider in prioritizing legislative changes; and how to advocate for improvements, including a module on media advocacy. With recorded lessons, examples from countries, and other learning tools, participants can access materials at their own pace and convenience and receive an individualized certificate of training upon the successful completion of the course. The course is developed with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.