Road accidents are one of the most serious issues facing developed and developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) anticipates road accidents to be the third cause of death among the fifteen causes of death in 2020. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, rates of road accidents on the road networks have increased dramatically. It has become a phenomenon affecting negatively all sectors of the society. It causes human suffering to individuals, and huge financial losses to the state and public as a result of accidents and deaths, injuries and disabilities. More than 6,000 people die and 35,000 people get injured every year, and the economic losses exceed 13 billion Riyals annually. Therefore, the concerted efforts of the society and the governmental and private organizations are necessary to improve road safety system, reduce the number of, and minimize fatalities and injuries.
Road safety concept is not limited to the reduction of road accidents issue. It aims to adopt practically the road safety behavior by setting all necessary educational, engineering and medical programs and plans, traffic regulations, and preventive measures. This would reduce or prevent accidents, ensure human and properties' safety, and preserve the human and economic wealth of Saudi Arabia. This should be considered as a national issue as it is strongly related to all aspects of life and death and has a close link with the preservation and sustaining the natural environment. Such problematic issues have motivated the organizers to foster the First Traffic Safety Forum. The Forum is consistent in line with the government efforts to achieve the highest degree of the traffic discipline through the activation of strict application of the Traffic's Legislations and utilization of successful traffic safety practices at the government, organizations, academic institutions and experts' levels.
- Dr. Abd Al-Hameed Al-mojil, Assistant Professor, University of Dammam, College of Architecture (Head of the committee)
- Dr. Bhzad Sidawi, Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Dammam (Coordinator)
- Dr. Nedal T. Ratrout, Chairman of Civil Engineering Department, KFUPM
- Dr. Alesia M. Alrazi, Eng. Consultant
- Dr. Saad A. Al-Mubayedh, CEO Hi-Tech Transport Technology consultants
- Dr. Mahye Alwahhas, Emergency and Trauma Consultant, King Fahed Educational Hospital, University of Dammam
- Mr. Ali Mohsen Al-Zahrani, Eng. Lieutenant Colonel, Head of Traffic Department
- Mr. Talal Abdulah Alharigi, Superintendent Medical Plant Division, Saudi Aramco
- Mr. Ziyad S. Alkadi, Educational Adviser, Saudi Aramco
- Dr. Abd Al-Hameed Al-mojil, Assistant Professor, University of Dammam, College of Architecture
- Dr. Ahmad A. Al-Kuwaiti, assistant professor of Quality in medical education, University of Dammam
- Mr. Ahmad Hassan Alghamdi, Supervisor of Traffic Awareness Team- Traffic Safety Signature Program (Head of the Committee)
- Mr. Abood Al Amoodi, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Dammam