Magazine article The Nation's Health

Road Safety Advocates Working to Raise Awareness: World Day of Remembrance Drew Attention to Traffic Deaths

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Road Safety Advocates Working to Raise Awareness: World Day of Remembrance Drew Attention to Traffic Deaths

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As part of their work to make road safety an international priority, road safety advocates are hoping to collect 1.2 million signatures on a global petition for the United Nations by this spring.

"Make Roads Safe: The Campaign for Global Road Safety" is circulating the petition to raise awareness about the need for interventions such as improved road design, better police enforcement and education that could cut down on the 1.2 million deaths and 50 million injuries linked to road crashes each year. The goal is a UN resolution in spring 2008 that would include key policy recommendations of the 2006 "Make Roads Safe" report. Those recommendations include devoting at least 10 percent of the budget of all road-building projects to safety and holding a ministerial conference on road safety in 2008 involving as many countries as possible. The report also calls on a global action plan "to reverse the rising trend of global road traffic deaths and injuries and make roads safe. …

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