While highlighting the importance of developing effective and long lasting solutions to reduce the number of road accidents in the country, the speakers emphasised the necessity of proper scientific research, supported by innovative technological solutions and in partnership with both local and international centres.
Some of the speakers advocated the need for promoting the concepts of traffic safety among students of schools, colleges and universities at regular intervals.They also called for adopting technological innovations in line with the local requirements. There is greater need of providing safe passage for students in the vicinity of schools and school buses should be equipped with advanced features to ensure maximum safety for children, they pointed out.
Traffic Awareness Department director Colonel Mohamed Radhi al-Hajri, Dalian University of Technology's (China) College of Engineering dean Meng Li, Tom Brijs, (Transportation Research Institute of Hasselt University, Belgium) and Wael Alhajyaseen (Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Centre) also spoke.
A view of the delegates who attended the International Traffic Safety Conference
At a session on "Road Infrastructure", French Railway Company (South Paris) security director Laurent Berthinier, Qatar's Ministry of Transport and Communications official Tareq Abdulhamid al-Emadi, Qatar Shell's senior logistics lead in health, safety and environment Majed Samarah, Sverker Almqvist and Gareth Hill from the Qatar National Traffic Safety Office were among the other speakers.
Later in a session on advanced technologies in traffic safety, Hamid Menouar from the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center spoke on “The role of connectivity and automation in enabling next level of road safety” and Jayaseelan Singaravelu of the Qatar National Traffic Safety Office spoke on “GIS Applications for Land Use Urban Planning”.
In another session, Mark Andrew Cooper from Ashghal, Jeff Cheng Lung Lee of Taiwan Police College and Abdel Ghani Karkar from Qatar University spoke. The session featured such areas as intelligent transportation systems, 3D technologies for strengthening traffic education and safety, a mobile-based computer-vision outdoor navigation system for people with visual impairment and the necessity of applying wearable devices and traffic cloud in the enforcement of traffic law in Qatar.