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9th IRF Conference 2015

9 July 2015

In April 2014, the U.N. General Assembly expressed its concern that the number of road traffic deaths still remained unacceptably high, with an estimated 1.24 million lives lost in 2010. Only 7% of the world’s population is covered by adequate laws that address all behavioral risk factors, including the non-use of helmets, safety belts and child restraints, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, inappropriate and excessive speed and the inappropriate use of cellular telephones, including texting while driving.

The conference aims to take stock of the situation in States across the country and to build up a realistic agenda for further actions required to achieve the goals of the “UN Decade of Action”. Infrastructure alone cannot deliver total safety on roads. Along with legal and enforcement systems, civil society also needs to own the efforts for achieving the targets set to free society of the trauma caused by road crashes. While an investment of 1 trillion USD targeted for infrastructure during the 12th Plan will provide huge opportunities, the aim should be to meet the infrastructure requirements of all road users, to realise true safety.

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