Road safety ini­tia­tive aims to cut deaths

The Oban Times - - News -

AHEAD of an emo­tional Oban ser­vice in mem­ory of all those who have died on the roads, a high-pow­ered in­dus­try coali­tion will un­veil its first ma­jor ini­tia­tive to re­duce the in­ci­dence of road traf­fic deaths world­wide.

The 11- com­pany coali­tion, which calls it­self To­gether for Safer Roads, will out­line spe­cific ac­tions the pri­vate sec­tor can take to help achieve a goal set by the United Na­tions to re­duce by half the num­ber of world­wide deaths from road traf­fic col­li­sions.

Road crashes will be the fifth lead­ing cause of death world­wide by 2030 un­less steps are taken to re­verse the trend, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO).

The panel is headed by Dr. Ken­neth P Morit­sugu, a former act­ing US sur­geon gen­eral, and con­sists of of­fi­cials from academia, pub­lic health, and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Or­gan­iser of Sun­day’s ser­vice at St Columba’s Cathe­dral Mar­garet Man­ner­ing wel­comed the news and said: ‘Ev­ery sin­gle death on the road is pre­ventable.’

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