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

May 11, 2017 by Dafne Valle

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.

Source: https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home

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 https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org.

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Written by Dafne Valle

Dafne Valle

Dafne Valle Javier recently achieved a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering specializing in Transportation Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. During her graduate studies she was awarded the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship of the Federal Highway Administration for two consecutive years. She had published and presented in various international forums such as: 1st International Road Federation Congress (IRF), Highway Safety Iberoamerican Congress, International Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering Institutions and the Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting.