Walk21 is pleased that the UN Road Safety Collaboration has announced that the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017.
The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.
Countries successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritizing safety when managing speed. Among the proven strategies to address speed include:
Enforcing speed limits through the use of automatic speed cameras;
Installing intelligent speed adaptation technology in vehicles;
Building or modifying roads to include features that limit speed such as traffic lights, roundabouts and speed humps.
The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads.
All stakeholders – national and local governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, and the public generally – are invited to plan and host events marking the Week.