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Halving road deaths by 2020: a global health priority

16 January 2017

Following his award to the International Transport Forum for its new publication “Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries: Leading a Paradigm Shift to a Safe System”, HRH Prince Michael of Kent has written an article in The OECD Observer highlighting the importance of accepting a shared responsibility to design, manage, and use our road traffic systems in ways that reduce the risk of injury. He explains that in practice this approach encourages policymakers to apply a combination road infrastructure, vehicle technologies and behavioural measures.

He also highlights another vital issue - funding. He welcomes the  2015 the UN General Assembly resolution calling for the establishment of a UN Road Safety Trust Fund, as it could, if properly resourced, provide much needed support for capacity building in road injury prevention in low and middle income countries that account for almost 90% of the worlds road traffic deaths.

 

 

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