Na­tions unite to lower world road toll

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

THE world has a new sym­bol for road safety. Wear. Be­lieve. Act is the new ral­ly­ing call for the global ef­fort to re­duce the 1.3 mil­lion deaths each year on the world’s roads. It is part of a Decade of Ac­tion, backed by 100 gov­ern­ments in the United Na­tions, and be­gins on May 11 next year. The new tag is in­tended to be­come the road safety equiv­a­lent of the red rib­bon for HIV/AIDS or the white wrist­band worn in the fight against poverty. It was launched in New York at an all-star gala at­tended by for­mer US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton. It was also pre­sented to the Safety 2010 world con­fer­ence on in­jury in London. The goal of the Decade of Ac­tion is to sta­bilise and re­duce global road deaths by 2020. ‘‘ We have the tools and knowl­edge to pre­vent so much un­nec­es­sary death, dis­abil­ity and suf­fer­ing, if we can har­ness the po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment to make it hap­pen,’’ says Lord Robert­son, chair­man of the Com­mis­sion for Global Road Safety.

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