Sun, Nov 20, 2022

2 PM – 3 PM EST (GMT-5)

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This seminar falls on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and is meant to educate you on the benefits of Road Safety

When: Sunday Nov 20 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: Online via Zoom (



Dr. Benjamin Colucci
Fellow ITE
Founder ITE Puerto Rico Section in 1993.
Recipient of the 2019 Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Education Award.
Director and founder Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center, 1986-present
Director, Abertis Chair of Puerto Rico

Topic: Road Safety Experience in the Caribbean Countries and the Challenges in Meeting 2030 United Nations Global Plan

Summary: The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island and unincorporated territory of the United States, was one of the hundred countries that participated in the worldwide initiative of the First Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 following the resolution adopted by the United Nations. Two Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP) have been implemented by the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority and the Department of Transportation and Public Works during this decade and significant improvements in reducing fatalities and serious injuries have been achieved during this period.

According to the Puerto Rico Highway Traffic Safety Commission, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the fatalities and serious injuries increased. During 2022 a reduction in these statistics has been observed dramatically as well as in other countries.

This presentation will primarily address the lessons learned during the implementation of the two SHSPs in Puerto Rico during the first 10 years, and briefly discuss other experiences in selected Caribbean countries after the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the expected challenges in meeting the 2030 United Nations Global Plan.

Yindhira Taveras, MEng.
Civil engineer
Doctoral Candidate in Transportation
Teacher in the Chair of Roads and Transportation at the UASD
Master in Construction Administration-specialty in Transportation Infrastructure Projects
Transportation Specialist
Vocational Training Facilitator
Virtual Course Tutor
Certified Road Safety Trainer

Topic: Academy, Mobility and Road Safety: Achievements and Challenges

Summary: Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), the state university, has been involved with the road safety projects that the Dominican Republic has been working on for the last 10 years. It is the second country with the most deaths by car accidents in the American Region. The university, through its transportation program for undergraduates, has been leading some of the most exciting projects to tackle this problem that killed 3,204 people just in 2019. The presentation will show what we have achieved so far through the campaigns and the effort of our students and faculty members, as well as the challenges we have ahead and the proposals we've been working on to reduce deaths by car accidents in the Dominican Republic.

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