The United Nations Decade of Action Two Year Anniversary - where do we stand in SA?

On 11 May 2013, it will be 2 years since the United Nations (UN) launched its Decade of Action to reduce global road traffic fatalities by increasing activities conducted at national, regional and global levels. The UN's global Action Plan includes practical measures which, if implemented, could save millions of lives.

Sadly, despite various efforts by the AA, no action has been taken in South Africa by the Department of Transport or any of its agencies to combat road carnage… while more and more lives are lost on our roads every day.

Contrary to popular belief, road crashes and injuries are preventable... And experience suggests that an adequately funded lead agency and a national plan or strategy with measureable targets is crucial to safer roads.

“While South Africa is a signatory of the United Nations Resolution on the Decade of Action, which aims to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries by 50% over a ten year period, it is clear that little has been done to create change or prevent road deaths throughout the year,” says The AASA.

However, even though no strategy has been implemented by road traffic institutions in SA in the past 2 years, this should not stop you from doing your part as an SA motorist to combat the carnage on our roads. 

It is your responsibility, as much as that of the officials, to make our roads a safer place for all. 

UN's 10 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 are expected to be the leading health burden for children over the age of five years in developing countries.
  • The economic cost of road fatalities and injuries to developing countries is at least $100 billion a year.
  • Road traffic injuries place an immense burden on hospitals and health systems in general.
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