Jaakko Klang is road safety engineer at the Center for Economic development, Transport and the Environment in Southwest Finland. His main mission is to design the transport system so that nobody should die or be seriously injured on the roads. He has 30 years of experience in road design, infrastructure construction, coordinate and support municipal traffic safety work and accident investigation.
He is road technical investigator of road accident investigation board in Southwest Finland and has investigated over 200 fatal road traffic accidents.
He has worked for 9 years in the Road Safety Division of the Nordic Road Association. He has worked for 13 years as Finland’s representative in the Road Safety Committee of the World Road Association.
He has written several articles for major Finnish road transport magazines from following topics: Vison Zero of road safety from theory to practice, the maintenance of transport infrastructure, transport system and the promotion of cycling and walking. His presentation on “Safety effects of lower speed limits during winter months” was awarded the Best Paper Award at the World Winter Road Congress 2018 in Gdansk.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for Road Safety in 2015 by Finnish Road Safety Council, the Medal of Honor for Road Safety in 2016 by Police, a badge of the Order of the White Rose for significant work to improve road safety in 2018 by President of the Republic of Finland, the Medal of Honor with golden leaves for development of the Finnish transport system in 2019 by Finnish Road Association.
“My dad died in a car accident when I was 16 years old. It is always heartbreaking to face the sorrow of the loved ones of the traffic accident victims. Road accident prevention motivates me to continue my work to improve road safety” says Mr. Klang