Global Road Safety Week UN

Road safety can not be left to chance. Through hundreds of events held throughout the world, the World Health Organization, the regional commissions of the United Nations and its partners are giving young people the opportunity to have their say. Let us listen to their advice. And let's improve safety on the roads of the world — for their own good and the good of all of us.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

October 26 The General Assembly of the United Nations invited the regional commissions of the United Nations and the World Health Organization to organize the First Global Road Safety Week OOH (UN Global Road Safety Week). This event should be the basis for the implementation of activities to raise awareness of people (especially children) in this area.

Another objective of the Global Week — to promote actions aimed at reducing the number of risk factors, the number of which includes the wearing of helmets and seat belts, driving while intoxicated, failure to speeding, non-compliance with the road surface and infrastructure.

Most of the activities of the week dedicated to young road users (Photo: Warren Goldswain, Shutterstock) The problem of road safety is relevant throughout the civilized world. Vehicle collisions annually kill more than 1.2 million people. Road crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24 years old. But sorrow of loss, comprehending millions of families, the death and injury of citizens in a car accident put a heavy burden on the health system and the national economy. On average, road accidents cost low-and middle-income countries in more than one per cent of gross domestic product.

Due to the fact that children and young people constitute a major risk group, most of the events of the week dedicated to young road users who travel as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, novice drivers and passengers of vehicles. A key item on the agenda of the first Global Week was the World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, in addition, each year there are hundreds of other measures aimed at the next generation.

Recall that according to UN General Assembly resolution, the third Sunday in November {holiday-announced 1802} World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Accidents {/ holiday}.