Home Menu Search

Road safety: global health issue

4 July 2016

Story from the Guardian.

Globally, road injuries are the top cause of death among people ages 15 to 29 – claiming upwards of a million lives a year. What’s more, 90% of the world’s road deaths and serious injuries take place in low and middle-income countries, according to the United Nations (UN).

This global health emergency is finally starting to get the attention it deserves. In the middle of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety, which lasts until 2020, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to improve road safety.

But Dr Kelly Henning, leader of the Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, says there are two primary challenges to reducing road fatalities. First, despite recent efforts to raise the profile of road safety, the issue isn’t broadly appreciated. Second, progress requires several sections of government to work together. As she notes: “It is about health, but also involves [action from] traffic police and road engineers, so it requires a lot of political attention.”

For the full article please click here.

 

Related news, events and information

MPs worldwide launch manifesto calling for urgent action to halve global road deaths

9 May 2017 – Parliamentarians worldwide are being urged to support action to meet the United Nation's (UN) target to halve...

New UN Global Road Safety Week website now live

1 March 2017 – In advance of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, there is now a new website dedicated to it. In the coming...

Global Road Safety Week

27 July 2016 – The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8th-14th May 2017. The Week will focus on speed and...

Strongest commitment ever from UN Member States

4 May 2016 – Story from the Global Alliance of NGOs for road safety. On 15th April 2016, the UN General Assembly and its...

Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week

8 February 2017 – The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8th-14th May 2017. The Week will focus on speed and...

Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week

1 March 2017 – The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8th-14th May 2017. The Week will focus on speed and...

Join the Global Road Safety Campaign #SlowDown

6 March 2017 – The Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017. This Week will focus on...

UN Report calls for more effort

8 November 2016 – A major UN report on sustainable transport from an advisory panel established by UN Secretary General Ban Ki...

Prince Michael becomes Patron of The Towards Zero Foundation

5 May 2016 – For nearly thirty years HRH Prince Michael of Kent has played a leading role in supporting improved road safety...