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Fortalecimiento de la Seguridad Vial en Brasil

28 de agosto de 2020|Proyecto/Programa

The Global Status Report on Road Safety (WHO, 2018), highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in low and middle-income countries. The United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/66/L.43/2012, encourages Member States to adopt and implement comprehensive national road safety legislation on the major risk factors through consistent and sustained enforcement activities;

Brazil, with a population of 209 million people, 105 million registered vehicles, of which 28% are motorcycles, has reached 35,375 road traffic deaths in 2017 (Source: Ministry of Health), representing a decrease of 5.3% compared to 2016 (37,345 deaths) and with the road traffic death rate per 100 000 population equal 17.1. The main risk factors related to these deaths are speeding, drinking and driving and non-use of helmets by motorcyclists.

The road safety management in Brazil is under coordination of the Ministry of Infrastructure, and it is structured in three levels: a) Federal: National Traffic Council (CONTRAN), National Traffic Department (DENATRAN) and Federal Highway Police; b) State: 27 State Traffic Departments (DETRAN) and 27 State Traffic Council (CETRAN), and; c) Municipal: 1,659 Municipal Traffic Agencies.

The State of Pará has a population of 8 million people, 144 municipalities and 2.1 million of vehicles registered. In 2017, the number of road traffic deaths has reached 1,431, representing a reduction of 7.62% compared to 2016. However, despite this reduction (the first in the period 2008-2017), the number of motorcycle-related deaths in the period 2008-2017 has increased by 135.1% (245 to 576), and in the period 2016-2017, the increase was 11.2%. Speeding and non-use of helmets were the main factors for these deaths.  

In the State of Pará, the number of serious injuries in 2017 has increased by 13.8% compared to 2016. The state regional hospitals in five municipalities have received 88% and 90% of these serious injuries, respectively in 2016 and 2017. The amount paid for hospitalizations in 2017 was $ 1.7 million.

Proposed solution and approach, its intended impact, linkages/synergies with ongoing initiatives, implementation arrangements:

In 2018, the Federal Government launched the National Road Safety Plan 2019 - 2028 with the aim of reducing by 50% the road traffic death rate per 100000 population and national road traffic death rate per 10000 vehicles in the period 2019-2028. Based on the Pillar Safe User and Enforcement and Legislation Areas from the New Global Framework Plan of Action for Road Safety, the National Road Safety Plan 2019-2028 requires the State Traffic Departments to implement the following actions:  

1. Increase speed cameras enforcement by 20%; 2. Enhance the enforcement activities on: 2.1. use of helmets for motorcyclists 2.2. speed management; 2.3. driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs; 2.4. prohibited overtaking on single lanes; 2.5. powered two wheelers vehicles; 2.6. use of seat belt; 2.7. others mandatory equipment and road traffic rules; 2.8. use of child restraints; 2.9 use of mobile phones while driving, and; 2.10. driving time and rest periods for professional drivers.

The national road traffic enforcement rules are established in the 1997 Brazilian Traffic Code and in the regulations of the National Traffic Council (CONTRAN). The National Road Safety Plan 2019-2028 contain the necessary mechanisms for effective compliance with the obligations and targets of the National Traffic System bodies. This project aims to contribute to decreasing road traffic deaths and injuries by means of technical assistance to support and to strengthen ongoing road traffic enforcement activities and enhancing the capacity of traffic officers at the state level to implement coherence enforcement controls. 

To achieve this goal, the focus of the project will be on the improvement of the operational capacity of traffic enforcement in the State of Pará, increasing the efficiency and confidence level of the traffic officers, reviewing and updating their operational practices by means of specific training sessions based on the main risk factors and focused on the activities established in the National Road Safety Plan 2019-2028.

The project strategies are as follows:

a) meeting of the State Traffic Council (CETRAN-PA) to present, discuss and approve the implementation plan of the project. CETRAN-PA is the highest coordinator body of the National Traffic System in the State and all initiatives involving projects such as this must be submitted to the Council.

b) hold a training of trainers (multipliers) workshop with selected traffic officers, considering the international best practices, UN recommendations and instruments and main worries of civil society, academy and other relevant local stakeholders.

c) hold training sessions in selected cities, focused on improving and increasing the knowledge of traffic officers related to: c.1) use of helmets for motorcyclists; c.2) speed management; c.3) driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs; c.4) prohibited overtaking on single lanes; c.5) powered two wheelers vehicles; c.6) use of seat belt; c.7) others mandatory equipment and road traffic rules; c.8) use of child restraints; c.9) use of mobile phones while driving, and; c.10) driving time and resting periods for professional drivers, using international and regional training elements, adapting them to local situation and normative.

d) develop a state protocol on road traffic coherence enforcement operations with participation of local stakeholders and good practices.

e) develop a workshop to present the main results.

Expected outputs:

a) 10 training sessions held in 5 selected cities; b) 320 traffic officers trained; c) 20 traffic officers of DETRAN-PA trained as trainers (multipliers).

Expected outcomes:

a) correction and improvement of approach practices in road traffic enforcement; b) implementation of new coherence enforcement and traffic operation procedures; c) increased confidence in practicing the enforcement of traffic laws; d) development of a protocol guide for road traffic enforcement operations.

Population main target groups:

Traffic officers of DETRAN-PA, Military Police and Municipal Traffic Agencies

Implementation plan:


  • Activity 1: Meeting of the State Traffic Council (CETRAN-PA)
  • Participants: Project partners, CETRAN-PA Members and Advisory Committee
  • Time frame: August 2020


  • Activity 2: Hold a training of trainers (multipliers) workshop with selected traffic officers
  • Participants: Traffic officers of DETRAN-PA and Municipal Traffic Agencies
  • Time frame: November 2020


  • Activity 3: Hold training sessions in selected cities
  • Participants: Traffic officers of DETRAN-PA, Military Police and Municipal Traffic Officers.
  • Time frame: January to March 2021.


  • Activity 4: Develop a state protocol on road traffic enforcement operations
  • Participants: Advisory Committee
  • Time frame: July 2021
  • Activity 5: Workshop with public, private and civil society stakeholders to present the results
  • Participants: Advisory Committee and Social Communication Advisory
  • Time frame: August 2021