#SpeakUp for road safety
this week and every week
The fifth UN Global Road Safety Week is now well underway with campaigners across the world taking the opportunity to #SpeakUp for road safety.
Running until May 12, the campaign acknowledges that strong leadership is needed to advance road safety worldwide and is calling for life-saving interventions to be put in place urgently.
These interventions, featured in the World Health Organisation (WHO) SaveLIVES technical package, include improving road safety management; making roads, vehicles and road users safe; and enhancing emergency care following a crash.
Despite progress in many countries, road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities.
Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years.
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “WHO’s vision is a world free from road traffic deaths and injuries.
“It’s also a world in which all people benefit from universal health coverage, including trauma care, rehabilitation and psychological support for road traffic victims.
"This week and every week, play your part in making the roads safe for everyone. A safer road for others is a safer road for you.”
Show your support by following @UNGRSW on Twitter and including #SpeakUp for #roadsafety in your posts.