Road crashes cost the developing world billions of pounds per year as they are fast becoming the leading cause of premature death and disability, especially in younger people.
The Make Roads Safe Campaign called for the first ever UN conference to be held in Moscow in November 2009. Their aim is to launch a Decade of Action for Road Safety, which will hopefully cut road deaths by 50% (roughly five million) by the year 2020.
The global programme looks to make safer vehicles, to design roads to be safer for motorists and pedestrians, to tackle speed and drink driving amongst other criminal motoring offenses and to home in on belt and helmet use. All of these points need to be addressed both individually and as a combined factor.
Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “Money is put towards combating killers such as malaria and cancer, let’s now spend money on reducing road deaths and put the money that will be saved in the long-term to better use, for things such as education and healthcare.”
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