An overturned lorry in Ghana. Picture courtesy WHO
An overturned lorry in Ghana. Picture courtesy WHO

Decade of action for road safety declared by United Nations

Governments around the world have voted to increase action to address road safety issues, and through the United Nations General Assembly have proclaimed this the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The declaration seeks to save lives by halting the increasing trends in road traffic deaths and injuries worldwide.

United Nations member states have made a commitment to act in areas such as developing and enforcing legislation on limiting speed, reducing drink-driving, and increasing the use of seatbelts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets. They have also agreed to improve emergency trauma care, upgrade road and vehicle safety standards, promote road safety education and enhance road safety management.

A draft plan for the decade, prepared by World Health Organization with support from members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration, is now available for comment at www.who.int/roadsafety/Decade_of_action.pdf

“The initiative is addressing the safety of all road users, including the most vulnerable such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists,” said WCPT Secretary General Brenda Myers. “In the light of physical therapists’ important work in keeping people healthy through physical activity such as walking and cycling, and the fact that they see many patients following road accidents, this decade will raise many important issues and opportunities for the profession.”