Road safety campaigners around the world are taking part in a wide range of events to mark this year’s United Nations Global Road Safety Week which takes place from 8-14 May.
Save Lives #SlowDown is this year’s theme with the global campaign urging us all to reduce our travel speeds and slow down to make our roads safer for our children, families and friends. The campaign is supported by research that shows that in many circumstances even a 5% cut in average speed can result in a 30% reduction in the number of fatal traffic crashes.
iRAP has played an important role in supporting the campaign by capturing the direct link between road infrastructure design, travel speeds and the star rating of a road. To ensure all road users have a 3-star or better journey on the world’s roads we need to either improve the safety of the road design or include traffic calming and speed management initiatives to slow down traffic to survivable speeds.
iRAP Save Lives #SlowDown tool box
iRAP has produced a tool box which provides key examples of how iRAP tools and projects are promoting speed reduction and safer roads around the world.
You can access this tool box here.
iRAP’s Chairman Gary Liddle and Chief Executive Rob McInerney were present when the week’s events kicked off in Sydney, Australia this Sunday.
The Australian Governor General, Transport Minister, WHO Representatives, Peter Frazer and Rob delivered speeches prior to the lighting up of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the ‘Shine a Light on Road Safety’ scheme which is seeing key landmarks around Australia being lit up.
You can read a transcript of Rob's speech here.
Worldwide events to Slow Down and Save Lives
Road Safety campaigners around the world will be using the week as an opportunity to highlight the 1.2 million fatalities and many millions of serious injuries caused by road crashes every year. More than 340 events are taking place worldwide including #SlowDown days, campaigns around schools, activities involving parliamentarians, symposia, and vigils for road traffic victims. iRAP partners and 3-star coalition members are encouraged to use the information available on the UN website and Sign the Pledge to Slow Down.
To Save Lives, action is needed across all aspects of the safe system with a range of other events including:
• Cape Town, South Africa, Childsafe is organising three events focusing on education and awareness programmes