Don't wait for accidents to happen

Enhancing traffic safety: prospects and challenges for Safe System approach on African continent

8–9 June 2023
Winneba, Ghana
Local organiser(s): Enoch F. Sam
The conference is organized in close co-operation with the University of Education, Winneba.

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Important dates

Date Action
17 February 2023
Abstract submission deadline
10 March 2023
Notification of acceptance
24 April 2023
Early Bird fee expiration
2 June 2023
Registration closed
5 June 2023
Presentation and poster pitch uploading deadline
6–7 June 2023
8–9 June 2023
XII extra ICTCT conference

Traffic Safety Researcher's course

As usual, ICTCT organizes the Traffic Safety Researcher’s course in connection to the conference.

More information about the course can be found here.

Social media

Please, use the hashtags #ictct and #ictct2023winneba in your posts related to the conference.


The conference will be held at the Student Centre, North Campus, University of Education, Winneba.


Road traffic injuries constitute a major health and development problem worldwide, but in particular in Africa. Despite accommodating only 4% of the global motor vehicle fleet, African roads witness more than 10% of the world’s traffic fatalities. The victims are primarily vulnerable road users, with pedestrians alone accounting for more than 40% of traffic deaths. With further motorisation, the number of traffic fatalities and injuries is expected to grow unless decisive actions are taken to tackle the problem.

In some other parts of the world, impressive progress in decreasing traffic deaths and injuries has been observed in the last decades. To a high degree, this could be attributed to the adoption of the Safe System approach as the base for all road safety management activities. Besides its highly humanistic long-term goal of no one being killed in traffic (so-called Vision Zero), a Safe System consists of a set of fundamental principles that can be applied and give positive results regardless of how bad the starting situation might have been. The principles of safe speeds, tolerance for human errors and the responsibility of the system designers to create a forgiving road environment are at the core of the Safe System approach.

There are good reasons to believe that the Safe System approach can also be a major game changer in Africa. However, it cannot be exported or enforced from the outside, but must be adopted from the inside by local experts who know and understand the local context and conditions. Several countries in Africa are taking up the Vision Zero objective. The conference aims to facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences between international and African road safety scientists and professionals and provides a platform for a joint discussion on the future of the Safe System approach on the African continent.

A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Road safety management organisation and analysis of constraints
  • Current adoption of Safe System thinking in Africa and elsewhere
  • Improved data to support road safety analysis and policy development
  • Safety issues for specific groups of road users: pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly, etc.
  • Interactions between road users, vehicles, and infrastructure
  • Enforcement and education
  • Professional drivers, road safety management in companies and the role of transport buyers
  • Key road safety culture challenges and possibilities related to vulnerable road users
  • Low-cost solutions for road safety improvement
  • Transferability of road safety measures
  • Safety aspects of urban and rural transport planning and sustainable mobility

Presentations should be based on empirical studies with the goal to improve understanding of road users’ risks, behaviours, and their responses to the traffic conditions in which they take part in. Theoretical contributions related to these issues are also welcomed. A certain relevance for the African context is expected.


General information

The conference registration fee depends on whether you are an individual ICTCT member (or are affiliated to an organization that is an institutional ICTCT member) as well as on the country that you represent. The fee covers the conference materials, entrance to the Welcome Reception, coffee breaks and lunches, and a seat at the Gala Dinner. It does not cover social events which are to be paid additionally.

Cancellation is not possible once the reservation has been made.

The Early Bird fee expired on 24 April 2023. Full fees apply:

Category A Category B Categories C & D Ghanaians
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Category A Category B Categories C & D Ghanaians
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ICTCT relies on World Bank’s country classification by income. The country categories below are given as an indication, the most recent classification must be checked on the World Bank web page for the current year.

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hong Kong SAR (China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR (China), Malta, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin (French part), Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Albania, American Samoa, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, North Macedonia, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu

Angola, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo (Rep.), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt (Arab Rep.), El Salvador,  Eswatini, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Rep.), Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao (PDR), Lebanon, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia (Fed. Sts.), Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar,  Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Dem. Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.), Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, Uganda, Yemen (Rep.), Zambia

Special dietary requirements

Please be aware that the food served may contain or come into contact with common allergens, such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soybeans, tree nuts, peanuts, fish or shellfish.

There will be vegetarian alternatives served.

If you are allergic to any food or ingredients, please state it clearly in ‘Other comments to organizers’.

Social events

The social events are not included in the conference registration fee. The prices are (per person):

  • Dance night at Sir Charles Beach, Friday 9 June: €20
  • Excursion to Kakum National Park, Cape Coast, and Elmina Castles: €60.

Accompanying persons

Tickets for an accompanying person(s) for the Welcome Reception and the Gala Dinner can be purchased at additional costs of €35 and €50 respectively. The accompanying persons may also join the social events (see the pricing above).

Please, write clearly how many people will join you at which activities in ‘Other comments to organizers’.

Registration form

Conference registration and payment are two separate procedures handled by different systems. Once you have completed the registration and calculated the total amount to pay, use the link below to go to the credit card payment service provided by the organizers.

It is possible to make several separate payments, for example, if you need to use your corporate card for the conference fee and your private card for the excursion and the accompanying persons. It is highly important, though, that you clearly state which registration the payments are related to.

Conference registration is now closed.

Instructions below are for the registered participants who have not completed their payments yet.

Payment procedure

The conference fee as well as participation in the social events, for you and the persons accompanying you, should be paid by a bank transfer to the following account:

Account number: 4011405999
Account holder: Enoch Frederick Sam
Bank: Zenith Bank Ghana Limited
Bank address: Zenith Heights, No. 31 Independence Avenue, PO Box CT 393, Accra
Swift code: ZEBLGHAC

All costs related to the money transfer MUST be covered by the participant. Note that persons paying for conference or course fees via the swift bank transfer should send the swift or transfer advice issued by their bank to the email address:

In exceptional cases and only upon agreement with the local organizer, it is possible to pay the fee in cash on arrival when receiving the participant badge. Note that the full fee  (i.e. not Early Bird) will apply regardless of the online registration date.


Wednesday, 7 June 2023


Welcome Reception

An event to welcome conference participants to the University of Education, Winneba, and Ghana. Participants will be treated to various Ghanaian cuisines and drinks amidst jazz music. The event will be held at the forecourt of the conference venue—Student Centre.

Thursday, 8 June 2023






Keynote speech

Chair: Enoch F. Sam

Albert M Abane
Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast

Albert M Abane is a retired Professor of Transport Geography. He is a former Head of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, former Director of the Consultancy Unit and founding Director of the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy, all of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.  

Professor Abane has trained several M.Phil and Ph.D. students who are now senior members and staff in many of the tertiary institutions and industries/services in and outside the country. He has also partnered with colleagues in England, Norway, the USA, Malawi, South Africa and Ghana to implement research projects, including transport and mobility challenges and mobile phones and livelihoods of children. Professor Abane continues to support his Department, but part-time.


Break and mingling


Session 1: Public transport

Chair: Christine Chaloupka

Enhancing urban traffic safety in Africa with bus rapid transport (BRT): The dynamics of road users, vehicles, and built infrastructure

Dominic Afful
John Kwame Boateng

Temporal analysis of bus crashes in Ghana

Aboagye Marcos
Ababio-Donkor Augustus
Charles Adams
Williams Ackaah
Larley Joshua

Developing a simplified model for safety management system in African transport companies

Tor-Olav Nævestad
Enoch F. Sam
Jenny Blom
Vibeke Milch


Poster pitching

Chair: Stijn Daniels

Exploration of motorcyclists’ red-light running and helmet use at signalized intersections in Ghana

Mercy Lorlonyo Amegah
Emmanuel Kofi Adanu
Thomas Kolawole Ojo
Shaibu Bukari

Causal factors of bus crashes in Ghana

Ababio-Donkor Augustus
Aboagye Marcos
Charles Anum Adams

An Observational Study of Motorcyclists’ Red-light Behaviour at Signalized Intersections in Accra Metropolis, Ghana

Thomas Ojo
Clifford Amoako
Jefferson Ikediuba
Augustus Ababio-Donkor
Charles Anum Adams
Gifty Adom-Asamoah

A comparative study of driver training regulatory systems in Ghana and Sweden, from the Safe System Approach perspective

Ary P. Silvano
Ilyas Hasan-Pisagla

Deep learning-based classification of paved road shoulder for the Namibia B2 highway

Cailis Bullard
Marco Knipfer
Erik Johnson
Abhay Lidbe
Steven Jones

Pedestrian infrastructure availability and accessibility on urban highways

Joel Asaju

Improved standards and vehicle inspection for safer vehicles in Africa

John-Fredrik Grönvall

Unsafe driving in Nigeria, what is and what solutions can be applied

Iniakpokeikiye Peter Thompson
Ehud Reiter
Dewei Yi

Travel Pattern and Safety among the Elderly in Ojo Lagos, Nigeria

Christy Oshikomaiya
Segun Alawa
Ibraheem Abdul-Azeez
Adetoyese Oguntimehin
Victoria Dada

Road safety management organization in Nigeria, measures and analysis of constraints

Abiola Fagbenro
Victoria Dada

Analyzing and Modeling Risk Exposure of Pedestrian Children to Involvement in Car Crashes

Wafa Elias


Group photo




Poster session


Session 2: Post-crash and injuries

Chair: Attila Borsos

Geospatial analysis of injury severity on major roads in Ghana (2005-2020): Implications for targeted injury prevention and control initiatives

Aldina Mesic
James Damsere-Derry
Stephen Mooney
Adam Gyedu
Charles Mock
Caryl Feldacker
Angela Kitali
Joshua Larley
Bradley H. Wagenaar
Daniel Hardy Wuaku
Ernest Ekuban
Maxwell Osei-Ampofo
Irene Opoku
Barclay Stewart

Describing Geospatial Access to Trauma Care after Road Crash in Ghana: A Key Step Toward Improving Post-Crash Care through Targeted Capacity Development

Manal Jmaileh
Aldina Mesic
James Damsere-Derry
Adam Gyedu
Mamadou Tounkara
Angela Kitali
Maxwell Osei-Ampofo
Daniel Hardy Wuaku
Ernest Ekuban
Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah
Yaw Osae
Christiana Achena Boatema
Charles Mock
Barclay Stewart

Injury-severity analysis of intercity bus crashes in Ghana: A random parameters multinomial logit with heterogeneity in means and variances approach

James Damsere-Derry
Emmanuel Kofi Adanu
Thomas K Ojo
Enoch F. Sam


Break and mingling


Session 3: Society and individuals

Chair: Wafa Elias

Gap Analysis on Existing Training Provision and Capability in Road Infrastructure Safety in Tanzania

Jaqueline Masaki

Paradox of the Motorist as a Biological Organism in a Developing Country’s Traffic Safety

Nana Kwame Nsiah-Achampong
Isaac Kofi Yankson

A moral case against owning and driving personal motor vehicles in low-income countries

Henok Girma Abebe

Understanding the role of superstition in the perception of crash risk in Ghana

Emmanuel Kofi Adanu
Steven Jones
Thomas Ojo
Ethel Atefoe


Gala dinner

The Ridge Royal Hotel (link) is located at Cape Coast, about one hour drive from Winneba. The restaurant serves International and Traditional Ghanaian cuisine.

The bus will pass the three recommended hotels to pick us up. Make sure to be in the lobby in good time.

The dinner starts at 19:30.

Friday, 9 June 2023




Session 4: Vulnerable road users

Chair: Thomas Ojo

Analysis of pedestrian-vehicle interactions using extreme value theory

Attila Borsos
Ahmad Kizawi
Dávid Homola

Understanding child-pedestrian injuries in Ghana: Implications for policies and supervision strategies

James Damsere-Derry
Jane Esi Monkah

Cycling usage and determinants on university campus in Ghana: The case of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Nicholas Anarfi Bofah
James Damsere-Derry

Willingness to Use the Pedestrian Bridge in Akure, Nigeria

A.O. Adeniran
S. O Olorunfemi
Thomas K Ojo

Predictors of engagement in distractive activities to walking in Accra, Ghana

Prince Odame
Enoch F. Sam
John Amoah-Nuamah

Using crash data as a means of identifying and defining particularly vulnerable subgroups of pedestrians in Ghana

Cailis Bullard
Emmanuel Kofi Adanu
William Agyemang
Steven Jones


Break and mingling


Session 5: Safe System approach

Chair: Aliaksei Laureshyn

Potential for implementation of Safe Systems principles in African countries: Recommendations based on a systematic comparison of six countries

Tor-Olav Nævestad
Sam F. Enoch
Daniel Mwamba
Jaqueline Masaki
Siya Rimoy
Ladislaus Bigambo
Andras Varhelyi
Aliaksei Laureshyn
Haneen Farah
Vibeke Milch
Jenny Blom

Road safety training and capacity building – a comparison between European best practice and the African reality

Aslak Fyhri
Torkel Bjørnskau

Driver training—present and future prospects

Sonja Forward

Perspectives on a safe systems approach in Africa

William Agyemang
Emmanuel Kofi Adanu




Session 6: Traffic safety issues and measures

Chair: Emmanuel Kofi Adanu

Comparing national road safety culture among bus drivers in Norway and Ghana

Tor-Olav Nævestad
Enoch F. Sam
Jenny Blom
Vibeke Milch

Low-cost solutions for road safety improvement in Ghana

John Kwame Boateng
Dominic Afful

Road safety in LMICS: Identification and analysis of specific issues

Ahmed Ksentini
Hans Godthelp

Economic evaluation of road safety measures: what can be learned from past approaches and can they be transferred to the African context?

Stijn Daniels

Generating consensus on road safety issues and priorities in Ghana: a modified Delphi approach

Aldina Mesic
James Damsere-Derry
Adam Gyedu
Charles Mock
Joshua Larley
Irene Opoku
Daniel Hardy Wuaku
Angela Kitali
Maxwell Osei-Ampofo
Peter Donkor
Barclay Stewart

Enhancing road traffic safety trough car use restriction: the roles of situational factors and improved mobility options

Fatai Yakeen
Mohammadreza Ghadiri




Dance night

This will be a night of music, dance, and socialization to refresh us for the next day’s excursion to Cape Coast. The serene Sir Charles Beach in Winneba is the best location to dance one’s heart out while enjoying the spectacular view and breeze of the Atlantic Ocean. There will be many drinks and food.

Saturday, 10 June 2023


Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park covers 375 square kilometres of tropical forest. The uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who are responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana.

It is one of only three locations in Africa with a canopy walkway (350 m long) connecting seven tree tops.

The most notable fauna species in the park are Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant. As of 2012, the densest population of forest elephants in Ghana is located in Kakum.

From 2000, the park is listed under the tentative List of World Heritage Sites. 

Lunch at Hans cottage

Hans cottage is a hotel beautifully carved in a dense forest area. It sides with a man-made lake (lake Hanson) that has crocodiles, weaverbirds, egrets and other wildlife.

Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty ‘slave castles’—large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa by European traders. It was originally a centre for the trade in timber and gold, but was later used in the Atlantic slave trade.

The castle was used to hold enslaved Africans before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean.

Cape Coast Castle, along with other forts and castles in Ghana, are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of their testimony to the Atlantic gold and slave trades.


Poster format

Poster presentation has many advantages and we want to promote this format as equally important as (if not better than) an oral talk. Your poster will receive sufficient time and audience, while the face-to-face contact will allow for going in more detail with those who are really interested in your research.

Poster pitch

Prior to the poster session start, you will have an opportunity to engage the visitors with one-slide pitch (max two minutes per presenter). Please, use the suggested template (here) and DO NOT change the timer settings.

Please upload your one-slide pitch to the folder ‘Poster presentation, no later than 5 June 2023. To save time during the speaker changes, all slides will be combined in one file by the conference team. Just in case, bring your slide on a USB stick, too, and get in contact with the chairperson before the session and make sure that everything works well.

Poster design

Your poster has to be written in English. Use ICTCT poster template (here), which also contains useful tips and links to further reading on how to best design a poster that attracts attention.

Poster stands and fixing materials will be provided. Please, note that printing, delivering and setting up the poster before the session, as well as removing it at the end of the day, is entirely your responsibility. No local printing services will be provided.

Poster presentation

Make sure to be near your poster during the entire poster session. You get more of it if you actively engage in discussions with the visitors.

It could be a good idea to have some give-away materials with you, for example contact cards, small prints of the poster (A4-size), full-text paper or additional visuals in your iPad. Having a notebook and a pen for making notes or elaborating while answering a question is also a good idea.

Oral format

It is a tradition of the ICTCT conferences to reserve sufficient time for questions and discussion after each oral presentation. Therefore please limit your presentation to 15 minutes so we have at least 5 minutes left for the discussion.

You can download the ICTCT presentation template here. You may use other templates, for example created by your organisation. If possible, choose to use the 9:16 format for your slides.

Please upload your presentation to the folder ‘Oral presentation’, no later than 5 June 2023. Please bring it along on a USB stick to the session, too. Be present 10 minutes before your session starts and get in contact with the chairperson to make sure that your slides are ready and work well.


Flying to Ghana

All international flights to Ghana arrive at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, the national capital. Over 25 major airlines operate direct flights from Europe to KIA, Accra, including Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates Airlines, British Airways, Air France, and TAP Portugal. Other airlines with direct flights to KIA Accra are Delta Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, South Africa Airways, RwandAir, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Afriqiyah Airways, Royal Air Maroc, etc.

Getting from KIA airport to Winneba

The conference will take place in Winneba, 65.5 kilometres from Accra. For convenience, we have arranged with a public transport company to convey international participants from the airport in Accra to Winneba at a fee. Please, fill out the google form with your arrival details to register for this service.

Visa requirements

All visitors (except for the citizens of ECOWAS, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zimbabwe) require a visa to enter Ghana.

Visa can be obtained from all Ghana Missions and Embassies abroad. Conference participants needing a visa to enter Ghana should check with the Ghana Mission or Embassy in their countries of residence (or close to them) to learn the requirements and procedure. Typically, the visa application process takes between 10-15 working days. However, we advise potential applicants to start the process well ahead of their intended travel date (the earlier, the better).


All international passengers, including those from the ECOWAS region intending to fly to Ghana, must be fully vaccinated. Please come with your Covid-19 vaccination certificate or other proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Except for infants under one year, all visitors to Ghana require a Yellow fever vaccination. You must bring the original vaccination certificate as this is required to enter Ghana. You are also advised to consult your doctor well in advance of your visit so that you may start anti-malaria treatment. To prevent contracting malaria, we recommend the following measures: wearing long-sleeved clothing (especially during night-outs), using mosquito repellent, and sleeping with a mosquito net or with the air-conditioning running.

Please consult the link below for travel health notices related to Ghana here.

Other useful information

English is the official language in Ghana.

Ghana has a tropical climate with a temperature of between 21°–32°C (70°–90°F) generally.

The local currency is the Ghana Cedi (GHS). Currently, 1 Euro = GHS 14.88 and 1 Dollar = GHS 14.38 (currency convertor).

There are several forex bureaus in Accra and also at the airport. Most bank ATMs accept Visa and Master Cards.

It is also possible to use your Visa and Master cards at major shops and restaurants in the city.

Power voltage  

Voltage in Ghana is 220/240 volts as in Europe. Plugs in Ghana are the same as used in Great Britain (large 3 pin – type G) so you will probably need an adapter to plug your laptop into the power outlet.


Rooms (all air-conditioned with private bathrooms) in the following hotels, situated within the vicinity of the conference venue, have been secured to accommodate conference participants:

Booking at Windy Bay is done directly through the hotel website. For the other two hotels, please, send an email with a request to Put ‘ICTCT 2023 Winneba reservation’ in the email subject.

The prices range between $25 and $40. You will pay at the facility in cash.


ICTCT Local organiser
Contact person
Niels Agerholm
Enoch F. Sam
ICTCT Secretariat
Department of Geography Education
University of Education
Winneba, Ghana


Volvo Research and Educational Foundations

Alabama Transportation Institute
The University of Alabama

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