Launch of Sri Lanka Accident Data Management System (SLADMS) - 07th September 2018, Colombo

Road Safety - A SDG Priority

Road Safety is a global public health priority. The SDG 3 target (Good Health and Well Being) aims to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020 while SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) relates to providing access to sustainable transport system for all, improving road safety and expanding public transport The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2011 - 2020 as the Decade of Action for road safety. The overall goal of the Decade will be to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by 2020. An integral component to attaining this goal is by improving the quality of data collected and having a reliable information system in place at the national, regional and global levels.

Road Safety in Sri Lanka

Road traffic injuries kill approximately 3000 people each year in Sri Lanka. For Sri Lanka to successfully achieve the target of reducing road traffic fatalities it is important to improve the quality, accessibility and sources of road safety data. Sri Lanka presently uses the Micro Accident Analysis Programme (MAAP) application to collate data on road traffic accidents in the country. The MAAP application has to be maintained manually and poses difficulties as the application’s technology is outdated. MAAP has serval efficiency issues, there is a significant delay in data entry due to lack of compatible computer hardware and manpower. There is a delay in producing accident related statistics and reporting. Considering how MAAP had limited provision to identify accident prone locations accurately there was difficulty extracting certain analysis report that is useful for road safety improvement work.

Introducing SLADMS

Effective Solutions (Pvt) Ltd has been working closely with the Sri Lanka Police since 2013 as a part of their CSR, along with technical support and coordination from University of Moratuwa and the World Health Organization, and a web based version of the Sri Lanka Accident Data Management System (SLADMS) was developed. SLADMS has undergone testing since its inception in 2013.

On 7th September 2018 marked the launch of the Sri Lanka Accident Data Management System (SLADMS) in four Police Divisions in Sri Lanka: Kelaniya, Mount Lavinia, Gampaha and Nugegoda as a pilot project, with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Police, World Health Organization, University of Moratuwa. and technical support from Effective Solutions Pvt Ltd. The main objectives of the SLADMS is to provide a system that is capable of recording accident data with ease, reducing delays and duplication of work. By establishing SLADMS, all stakeholders will have better accident analytics that will be useful for traffic police and other government authorities to make decisions to improve road safety. SLADMS will also provide additional features like the ability to see accident locations on google maps and to enter accident location with GPS coordinates.

The SLADM system was tailored similar to existing data management systems like South Korea’s GIS analysis system. The accident analytics are a national tool that everyone can benefit from. Once SLADMS is nationally implemented it can assist high designing and planning and further minimize road safety issues. Support from the police is crucial for the system to succeed and cooperation is essential during these development stages of SLADMS with a view of implementing it island wide.

The aims of the pilot project is to have a reliable information system to address the gaps of management and reporting of road traffic accidents, establish a monitoring mechanism on road safety in order to track situations, progress, performance and accountability as well as generate analytical information on road traffic crashes that lead to preventive actions. The project will be expanded to cover the country in a phased manner.

The equipment related to SLADMS 50 tablets and 5 computers were provided with the support of the WHO country office and the WHO South East Asia Regional Office to the 50 police stations, police headquarters and the pilot divisions. In her address, Dr Razia Pendse, WHO Representative to Sri Lanka sincerely congratulated this innovative initiative and reiterated WHO’s commitment to road safety as a global public health priority. She encouraged efforts like this, where multi sectoral partnerships result in effective solutions. The chief guest, Inspector General of Police stated that this system is a step in the right direction to providing safer roads for the Sri Lankan public. He reassured the gathering that police officials will soon be trained on data collection and management, and the system will be implemented in the 4 pilot districts as planned.