November 21 is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. An estimated 1.3 million people world-wide die each year from traffic crashes. In the United States alone, 5,000 teens are killed each year in car crashes.
Awareness is growing about the critical development and public health challenge posed by road traffic deaths and injuries. This greater awareness has prompted governments and their partners to step up their response. Earlier this year, the UN General Assembly declared the first-ever “Decade of Action for Road Safety,” providing an opportunity for global action.
The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration will soon release its global plan for the decade, which calls for measures to make roads and vehicles safer, improve the behavior of drivers and pedestrians, and enhance emergency services.
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “For my part, I have issued a directive to all United Nations staff instructing drivers of UN vehicles to practice road safety, by wearing seatbelts, obeying speed limits and avoiding the use of mobile phones and other distractions.”
To read more about the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims visit the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration website.