Leading international experts will discuss the latest research and best practice for reducing traffic speed at Brake's fourth International Speed Congress on Thursday 17th May 2012 in London.

Road safety professionals are being urged to book now onto this training opportunity, which will examine different approaches in protecting vulnerable and high-risk road users through speed management.

The conference comes at a critical time for UK road safety practitioners. With road safety spending having been slashed by government, organisers say it is more important than ever that professionals in the field understand the range of approaches to speed management and can evidence their effectiveness to justify investment.  


Speakers include:

  • Dr Judy Fleiter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CARRS-Q,discussing approaches to speed enforcement in Australia, drawing comparisons between regimes in different states, and looking at how harnessing community support has been used to develop effective speed management strategies 
  • Professor John Wann, from Royal Holloway, University of London, exploring problems children and older people face judging the speed of traffic when crossing roads, and how his research can inform safer road design
  • Brian Lawton, safety analyst at the Transport Research Laboratory, examining the relationship between speed and crashes, including the safety implications of changing speed limits and different approaches to managing speed
  • Professor David Stone, Professor of Public Health at University of Glasgow, will compare the effectiveness of different speed control systems, particularly looking at vehicle activated signs and average speed cameras. 

A full list of speakers and abstracts can be found at www.speedcongress.com  

Organised by Brake's Road Safety Forum, a not-for-profit initiative for road safety professionals, organisers say the event is low-cost thanks to sponsorship from Colas and Keltic Clothing, helping to encourage attendance from a range of practitioners to share and encourage best practice. It costs just £141+VAT for Road Safety Forum subscribers and £181+VAT for non-subscribers. Non-subscribers can sign up to the Forum at the same time as booking to get the discounted rate for this and other events throughout the year.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, says: "This essential training opportunity for road safety professionals brings together the latest international research and best practice in reducing the carnage caused by speed and making communities safer, healthier places. Delegates will benefit from hearing the evidence on a broad range of approaches to speed management: invaluable in justifying and defending investment in this vital area of road safety. I urge anyone working to make roads safer to book their place now."


For further information visit www.speedcongress.com  


Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 1510 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com