By Brad Sant, senior vice president for safety and education, ARTBA

ARTBA Nov. 27 provided an American perspective on traffic safety policies and best practices to a delegation of 10 senior officials from nine African countries. The visitors were participants in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

ARTBA senior staff gave an overview on various topics, including:

  • Advocacy and the role of trade associations in facilitating dialogue;
  • Road safety legislation, and policy advocacy and consultation;
  • Current issues and best practices in building safer roads; and
  • Enabling communication between public officials, federal, state and local jurisdictions, and the private sector, in road and highway planning, design, construction, maintenance, and repair, from the perspective of road safety.

The African representatives included national experts in law enforcement, traffic and safety, and media from Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.