Decade of Action

Decade of ActionShow your support by wearing the tag

It’s in everyone’s interest to make sure the roads we use on a daily basis are safe. Show your support for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, which aims to save five million lives across the globe in the next years by wearing the road safety Tag.

“The road safety Tag is the new symbol of the global movement for safer roads. Wear the Tag, believe in our collective ability to tackle these appalling road deaths and together let us act to save millions of lives in the Decade of Action,” said Make Roads Safe Chairman, Lord Robertson.

What is the Tag and what does it symbolise?

The Road Safety Tag is the global symbol of the movement to improve safety on the roads. It has been adopted as the official symbol for the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which aims to reduce road deaths and injuries across the world. More than 1.3 million people die every year on the world’s roads, up to 50 million are injured. By wearing the Tag you are demonstrating your support for the Decade of Action, and your personal commitment to be safe on the road.

Why we must act?

Most of us know someone who has been affected by a road crash, either by being injured themselves, or through suffering a bereavement or injury to a family member or friend. Every day, around the world, 3 500 people leave home and never return because they have been killed in a road crash. These tragic deaths and the misery and grief they cause are not inevitable. They can be prevented, if measures are taken by governments, police, health practitioners and all road users to improve safety. The United Nations General Assembly has set the goal for the decade: “to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world” by 2020. Millions of deaths could potentially be prevented as a result. The Decade of Action is our opportunity to make our communities and streets safer wherever we live.

Ten reasons to act on road deaths

  • Nearly 1.3 million people are killed on the world’s roads each year
  • Up to 50 million people are injured, and many remain disabled for life
  • 90% of casualties from road deaths occur in developing countries
  • Annual road traffic deaths are forecast to rise to 1.9 million people by 2020
  • Road traffic injuries are the number one cause of death for young people worldwide
  • By 2015 road traffic injuries will be the leading health burden for children over the age of five years  in Developing countries
  • The economic cost to developing countries is at least $100 billion a year
  • Road traffic injuries place an immense burden on hospitals and health systems generally
  • Road crashes are preventable
  • A global Action Plan includes practical measures which, if implemented, could save millions of lives

*Information received from Decade of Action website

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