Posted on September 27, 2016

The Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) recently hosted a roundtable on road safety in collaboration with the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) in Japan.

The event brought together experts from QTTSC, IATSS, the National Traffic Safety Committee, Qatar Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). It aimed to exchange information in policies, strategies and technologies to improve traffic safety conditions and to overcome challenges in Japan and Qatar.

The program agenda included presentations delivered by IATSS project leader prof Hideki Nakamura, Qatar National Traffic Safety Office manager prof Kim Jraiw, Public Works Authority (Ashghal) consultant Eng Fabian John Marsh, director of Hamad Injury Prevention Program at Hamad Trauma Center Dr Rafael Consunji and QTTSC research associate Dr Mohamed Kharbeche. They discussed topics related to “Status of Traffic Safety in Japan; Achievements and Challenges”, “National Policies and Strategies in Traffic Safety in the State of Qatar”, “Public Authority Works (Ashghal) role in building engineering safer roads in Qatar”, “Road Safety Research from the Hamad Trauma Center: what does the evidence tell us?”, and “Trends of Traffic Crashes in the State of Qatar”.

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Commenting on the event, CENG dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “It aligns with CENG’s commitment to raise community awareness of the importance of traffic safety. Road safety represents an important pillar of CENG research plan as there is significant increase in the traffic flow on the roads in Qatar. It is critical that we enhance our strategic partnerships with local and international organizations to find sustainable solutions for road safety risks and challenges that stand at the heart of the welfare of the people of Qatar.”

Prof Nakamura said: “Our partnership with QTTSC on projects and programs related to traffic safety contributes to pursuing advanced studies in areas that benefit the society in Qatar and Japan.”