Youth Declaration for Road Safety

The Youth Declaration for Road Safety was agreed by the delegates to the World Youth Assembly, who commit to taking practical measures to improve road safety and call upon other young people to do the same. The declaration calls on all young people to "stand up and participate in local and national campaigns and programmes" and urges adults to do more. The declaration also calls for more political will at national and community level to tackle road safety. It urges schools and universities to teach young people about safety, bartenders to serve alcohol responsibly, media to report more widely and more responsibly about the lack of road safety, and celebrities and the entertainment industry not to glamourize speed and to wear seatbelts and helmets.

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Background

Since a "Meeting of Select Delegates to the World Youth Assembly for Road Safety", held in September 2006, a small group of delegates have been developing the "Youth Declaration for Road Safety". The draft they have prepared, although not binding in any way by the world's governments, provides some background on global road traffic injury prevention, a statement of commitment by the youth delegates to do their part to improve road safety, and a set of recommended actions to be taken by various groups: young people, parents and caregivers, educational institutions, communities, governments, NGOs, private companies, the media, and celebrities and the entertainment world.

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