August 19, 2016

Reducing Road Traffic crashes and deaths on the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay Expressway: a multi-sector approach

Among Southeast Asian nations, Myanmar ranks second out of 11 countries in road traffic deaths, with 20.3 deaths per 100,000 people. This amounts to more than 10,000 deaths in 2015 due to road crashes, according to a World Health Organization report from 2015.
The increasing burden of road traffic crashes and related fatalities has become a serious public health threat in Myanmar, which must be addressed through effective preventive and corrective measures, using a multi-sector approach.
For this reason, the Ministry of Health and Sports and WHO have initiated a multi-sectoral project on road safety in collaboration with the University of Public Health of Yangon, the Road Transport Administration Department under the Ministry of Transportation, the Expressway Maintenance Unit of the Ministry of Construction and the Traffic and Highway Police departments, as well as additional public and private partners. The project aims to assess the road safety situation of the busiest Expressway in the country – the Yangon-Mandalay Highway – in order to identify gaps and facilitate necessary corrective actions, in accordance with the policy recommendations of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
Main causes of crashes have been identified as over-speeding, tire bursting, reckless driving habits that do not respect the rules of the road and inadequate road conditions. To address this growing problem, a series of measures are being planned for implementation by the respective sectors: —GNLM


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