Plans underway to mark Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week by highlighting measures to manage speed
The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017. The Week will focus on managing speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Excessive and inappropriate 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 building or modifying roads to include features that calm traffic, establishing and enforcing speed limits appropriate to the function of each road, installing intelligent speed adaptation technology and autonomous emergency braking in vehicles, and raising awareness about the dangers of speeding.
Developing global targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms
World Health Assembly resolution (WHA 69.7) on "Addressing the challenges of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020): outcome of the second Global High-level Conference on Road Safety - Time for Results", was adopted in May 2016. The resolution requested WHO, in collaboration with other UN agencies and the UN regional commissions, to continue facilitating a transparent, sustainable and participatory process with all stakeholders to assist interested countries to develop global performance targets on key risk factors and service delivery mechanisms to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries. The process for the development of these global targets is well underway, and the first revision of the WHO discussion paper, issued on 17 February 2017, is available for comment through 30 April 2017.
Global Forum for Road Safety Legislators
On 12 December 2016, WHO and the Towards Zero Foundation launched the Global Forum for Road Safety Legislators at an event in London, in association with the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety of the United Kingdom, and under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. The event convened around 30 parliamentarians from around the world who have a responsibility for road safety legislation. International road safety experts highlighted the important role of legislation in reducing road traffic injuries, and encouraged the parliamentarians to take a leading role in adopting and ensuring the implementation of good road safety laws in their countries. A core group of legislators was identified to lead the Forum and to establish mechanisms to encourage international legislative bodies to take action on road safety. The identified action points resulting from the London meeting were endorsed in a Global Forum for Road Safety Legislators Declaration.