A global movement towards road safety leadership is coming with the launch of next week’s global road safety week campaign on May 6th to 12th.
Celebrated every two years, the fifth edition of the UN Global Road Safety Week hope to provide a vision of what the future might look like and to mobilize action to achieve this.
This year’s theme acknowledges that stronger leadership is needed to advance road safety in countries and communities worldwide.
It is key to achieving road safety targets, including SDG target 3.6 to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020 and SDG target 11.2 to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030.
Locally, more than 1200 people are killed and another 35,000 seriously injured on Australian roads every year. Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged between 15 and 24. These numbers are growing every year but are fully preventable.
National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government. The week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.
- provide an opportunity for civil society to generate demands for strong leadership for road safety, especially around concrete, evidence-based interventions which will save lives
- inspire leaders to take action by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety within governments, international agencies, NGOs, foundations, schools and universities, and private companies, among others
When it comes to road safety – effective leadership is very much the key to advancing road safety in countries and communities, achieving road safety targets and ultimately saving lives.
The Australasian Fleet Management Association is a proud advocate of road safety and will be providing daily resources on our social media channels from May 6th – 12th. You can follow AfMA’s LinkedIn page by clicking here.