Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Champ Joins Fight to Curb Road Deaths

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Champ Joins Fight to Curb Road Deaths

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Byline: By Peter Woodman

Prime Minister Tony Blair joined motor racing champion Michael Schumacher this week in calling for a United Nations conference to tackle global road deaths.

Mr Blair said road crashes were the second leading cause ( after HIV/Aids ( of death for young men.

Schumacher said the international community had not woken up to this "horrific waste of life".

Mr Blair's comments came in a video statement recorded for UN global road safety week.

Schumacher joined UK road safety organisations to launch the Make Roads Safe campaign's global petition calling for a UN conference on global road safety.

Each year, road traffic crashes kill 1.2 million people, including 1,000 young people a day.

In the UK, 70 children are killed or seriously injured every week.

Mr Blair said: "Every minute of every day a child is killed or seriously injured on the world's roads. Road crashes are the second leading cause of death for young men after HIV/Aids, and in some African countries more than 70% of those killed on the roads are young breadwinners. …

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