Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week (May 8-14, 2017)

May 11, 2017 by Dan Hennessey

Worldwide it is estimated that 1.25 million people are killed each year on road traffic related incidents.  Crash fatalities are among the leading causes of death globally. Currently, the Africa Region have the highest road traffic death rates and the highest income European countries have the lowest.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety is a worldwide initiative from the United Nations General Assembly.  The goal of this initiative is to stabilize or decrease the forecast levels of crash related fatalities and serious injuries during this decade (2011-2020). This week marks the fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week.


This year the initiative focuses on incentivizing drivers to obey speed limits or “slow down” to avoid collisions.   Speeding is one of the most important contributing factors to traffic crashes.  The World Health Organization states that studies shows that a five percent cut in average speed can cause a thirty percent reduction of crash related fatalities.  Using lower speeds can reduce crashes and their severities.   By slowing down we can make road safer to the most vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Please #SlowDown and save lives!!! For more information of this initiative please visit the webpage

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Written by Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey, P.E., PTOE is Director of Transportation Engineering at BIG RED DOG. Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. Dan is responsible for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients, overseeing the performance of our traffic and transportation engineering design staff, steering our marketing strategy, and spearheading our community outreach and volunteer efforts. Dan’s professional experience and expertise focuses on Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) studies, highway, freeway and arterial operations analysis, signal coordination and synchronization, traffic signal design, travel demand forecasting, and pedestrian and bicycle facility design.