Like many low-middle-income countries, Ethiopia has an unacceptably large number of road traffic deaths, with approximately more than 25 people per every 100,000 people killed in road crashes.*

Although Ethiopia has extensive road safety legislation, enforcement is low and there is no application of vehicle standards promoting safety features.

(*WHO 2015)

GRSP activities


Capacity building:

Delivering road safety master classes for city officials and data management workshops to enable strategic enforcement.

Road policing:

Through BIGRS, GRSP works directly with the relevant road safety policy enforcement agency (typically the traffic police) to build their capacity to effectively enforce.

GRSP has progressed with the ‘starter pack’ documentation for the procurement of drink drive enforcement equipment and gave advice on the best alcohol test devices to be used in the city.

Strengthening road policing in Addis Ababa in relation to speeding and restraint wearing


Through BIGRS, GRSP has a mandate to support civil society-led road safety policy change in these cities and are currently mapping out civil society there as well as gaps in road safety policy.


Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety

The programme works with countries at the national level to strengthen road safety legislation, and with cities at the city level to implement proven road safety interventions.


Road Safety Grants Programme

The grants programme supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based interventions designed to strengthen road safety policies and their implementation.

Road user groups

Risk factors


Members Collaboration

The World Bank Group

IFRC engagement

Website Carrying out RS activites Interested in expanding RS work
Ethiopian Red Cross Society No Yes

National laws

Lead agency: National Road Safety Council Office

Speed limit law

Motorcycle helmet law

Child restraint law

Drug-driving law

Drink-driving law

Seat-belt law

Mobile phones while driving law

Crash data

Annual road fatalities


Fatalities per 100K pop. per year




Estimated GDP loss


Registered vehicles


Income group


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