Speaking today in Geneva, the Special Envoy for road safety, Jean Todt, and the Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver, Filipe Massa, invoked all countries to join the road safety conventions. Recently, the UN celebrated 50 years since their adoption.
Experts remind that 1.35 million people a year die as a result of road accidents. Accidents are the leading deatch cause of children and young people aged 5-29 years. "Governments can significantly reduce these sad indicators if they adopt appropriate laws and monitor their implementation" - said Jean Todt.
In 1968, two documents were adopted: on road traffic and on road signs and signals. Todt noted that in the developed countries, which have acceded to and complied with the conventions long ago, the number of victims of road accidents is decreasing. Jean Todt stressed that all countries should take care of their citizens and adopt the necessary laws. "We cannot tolerate such a high amount of road deaths," - he said.
The accident takes more than 3 000 lives every day, half of the victims are pedestrians. Another 20-50 million people a year receive as a result of accidents non-fatal injuries, which lead, however, to disability. 90% of road traffic deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries, which account for less than half of the world's registered fleet.
In countries, where progress has been made, it has been largely driven by improvements in laws, governing key risk factors: speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as the elimination of seat belts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints.
The experts recommend to strengthen the security infrastructure, for example, to construct sidewalks and paths for cyclists and motorcyclists, to raise the standards of vehicles and improve the quality of medical assistance to the victims. These and other requirements are also set out in the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road 2011-2020.for the Decade of Action for Road 2011-2020.