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Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 UK Government a step behind?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn attended the UK launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Similar ceremonies were held throughout the world where governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, private companies - all who travel the world’s roads have come together to host events to open the official launch day. 


The Decade of Action Plan outlines various steps toward improving the safety of roads and vehicles, enhancing emergency medical services and improves road safety management. It also calls for increased legislation and enforcement on using helmets, seat-belts and child restraints and avoiding drinking and driving and speeding. Surprisingly, only 15% of countries have an infrastructure that tackles all of these factors.


In the 20th century 160 million people died as a result of conflict worldwide. If things don’t change twice as many people will die on the road in the 21st century.


The event in Westminster brought together the road safety community and public health representatives to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to reducing deaths and injuries on the roads both in Great Britain and around the world.

Meg said:

“As someone who has campaigned for many years for improvements in road safety it is very exciting to see so many international businesses and organisations come together to show a united front on really making a difference on the roads.”

Alongside the international launch of the Decade of Action, the government has today launched its Strategy Framework for Road Safety. This document outlines the government’s plans to reduce deaths and injuries on Britain’s roads as well as the steps that others can take.


Meg has been campaigning for the improvement of eyesight standards for driving since she was contacted by a constituent whose niece was killed by an elderly driver. Having read through the government’s strategy Meg is very disappointed with the plans.  


Meg commented:


“The government does not believe that mandatory re-testing is the way forward for older drivers. Instead they favour an approach which ‘helps aging drivers retain their skills.’ I am sure this will not be welcome news to my constituents who lost a family member who was stuck down and killed by an elderly driver who didn’t know he had cataracts.”


Meg will continue to campaign for the improvement of road safety and will lobby the Ministers in the Department of Transport to better prepare people of all ages for the rigors of driving.


For more on what the UN is doing around road safety, visit: http://www.who.int/roadsafety/en/

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