Decade of Action Campaign
The Road Safety Team supports the Decade of Action for Road Safety. And our website and services will enable you to do you bit to contribute towards achieving its aims.
The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 was officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2010. Its goal is to stabilize and reduce the forecast level of road traffic deaths around the world. It is estimated that 5 million lives could be saved on the world’s roads during the Decade.
According to the Global status report on road safety, road traffic crashes take the lives of nearly 1.3 million people every year, and injure 20–50 million more. More than 90% of road traffic deaths and injuries occur in low-income and middle-income countries, which have only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles. If no action is taken, road traffic crashes are predicted to result in the deaths of around 1.9 million people annually by 2020.
Ten reasons to act on road deaths:
- 1.3 million people are killed on the world’s roads each year:
- Road crashes kill more people than Malaria
- 50 million people are injured, many disabled as a result.
- 90% of these casualties occur in developing countries
- Annual deaths are forecast to rise to 1.9 million by 2020
- It is the No.1 cause of death for young people worldwide
- By 2015 it will be the leading health burden for children over the age of five in developing countries
- The economic cost to developing countries is at least $100 billion a year
- Injuries place immense burdens on hospitals and health systems
- Road crashes are preventable
For further information please dowload the Decade of Action Booklet.