As the world, and in particular the scientific community, focuses on solving COVID-19, another public health crisis continues to take lives and impact communities globally—road traffic crashes result in approximately 1.35 million deaths each year; between 20 million and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.1 Vision Zero, adopted by the Swedish Parliament in 1997, holds that the worldwide ambition must be to reduce these numbers to zero. The Vision Zero philosophy—grounded in the ethical imperative to prioritize the preservation of human life in the worldwide road system—is backed up by evidenced-based measures to prevent harm.

To recognize the importance of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and to explore how communities can make meaningful progress in reducing road traffic fatalities and serious injuries, we spoke with WSP road-safety expert Karin Hassner, based in Sweden.