Press Conference on the Third UN Global Road Safety Week

Today, the National Press Center hosted a press conference dedicated to the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which was held from 4 to 10 May 2015 throughout the world. The event has been organized by the United Nations Office in Belarus and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

Today, the National Press Center hosted a press conference dedicated to the Third UN Global Road Safety Week, which was held from 4 to 10 May 2015 throughout the world. The event has been organized by the United Nations Office in Belarus and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

The Head of the WHO Country Office in Belarus Egor Zaitsev, Acting Head of the Directorate of State Automobile Inspection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vadim Garkun, Coordinator of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Health and Development of Children and Adolescents Viktoria Lozyuk, Deputy Director on Organizational and Methodological Issues of the Republican Research and Practical Center of Traumatology and Orthopedics Leonid Lomat' participated in the press conference as speakers.

Addressing the journalists, the WHO Representative Egor Zaitsev presented ten strategies developed by WHO to ensure children's safety on the roads. They include speed control; reduction of cases of driving under the influence; use of protective helmets by cyclists and motorcyclists; use of special child restraints in cars; improving children's ability to see and be visible; strengthening road infrastructure; improving car design; reducing risks for young drivers; provision of appropriate medical aid to children victims of traffic accidents; supervision of children near the road.

For his part, the Acting Head of the Directorate of State Automobile Inspection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vadim Garkun emphasized positive dynamics of reducing child injury. According to him, "the task to reduce deaths on the roads by 500 people a year in Belarus has been accomplished. In 2005, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 1,670 people, in 2014 — 750, while the number of children killed on the roads fell from 63 to 30, respectively."

The UN Road Safety Week is held on the principles and as part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020. This year, the social campaign "Save Kids' Lives" (#SaveKidsLives) has been conducted as part of the Safety Week. It aimed at drawing public attention to the problems of traffic accidents involving minors.