TRAFFIC INJURIES – Traffic Injury Prevention in Cluj-Napoca, Romania 2007-2008

Traffic injuriesRoad Traffic Injuries in Cluj-Napoca, Romania is a pilot project that used police reports and emergency department data to draw a map with GIS technology. According to the Police Department Database pedestrian injuries account for 70% of traffic related injuries. More than third of the traffic crashes occurred under normal weather and road conditions, during daylight and on dry road. GIS approach has been used to identify traffic injury hot spots with the primary scope of developing future injury prevention strategies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. This local need based technologically enhanced initiative, using Geographical Information System (GIS) to assess local problem spots and empowering the local Police Departments. Obtained data can be used to develop prevention programs that can include engineering, education, legislative, and/or environmental components appropriate to prevent the injury risk and to fit into the community. A digital map enables to locate precisely the hotspots from the city and to develop a need-based intervention plan. GIS technology has been used to identify traffic injury hot spots with the primary scope of developing future injury prevention strategies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Obtained data can be used develop prevention programs that can include engineering, education, legislative, and/or environmental components appropriate to prevent the injury risk and to fit into the community.

Specific objectives:
– to identify the hot spots with traffic accidents from the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
– to design an interrogation and display software, which will enable Geographical Information System (GIS) representations on a digital interactive map.

Coordinator: Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca
Funder:  Fogarty International Center, National Institutes on Environmental Health Services, Institute for National Occupational Safety and Health, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – Iowa Fogarty Trauma and Injury Prevention Training Program
Total budget: 7.142 Euro