Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Support the Decade of Action For Road Safety 2011- 2020

According to the WHO, more than 1.3 million individuals are killed in road accidents worldwide every year and it may even increase to 1.9 million deaths by 2020. Last March 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety in an effort to "stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities conducted at the national, regional and global levels."

Tomorrow, May 11, 2011, the UN will officially the UN Decade of Road Safety. The 24-hour event will give politicians, celebrities and road safety specialists around the world the opportunity to highlight their plans to tackle the global road safety crisis where 1.3 million people are killed on the world's roads each year and a further 50 million are injured.

Here in the Philippines, no less than President Aquino will keynote the launching ceremony tomorrow by reading the Presidential Proclamation on Road Safety and by signing the Road Safety Pledge. The pledge says:


As a road user, I pledge:

Not to use my cell phone while driving;

Not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

To always use a seatbelt while driving;

To maintain my car in good, roadworthy condition;

Not to be goaded into road rage by aggressive drivers and motorcyclists;

Not to throw garbage out of my car;

To always observe and follow road laws, rules and regulations.

Everyone is encouraged to make a commitment to be responsible road users and to promote road safety. As a symbol of support, everyone is encouraged to wear the Road Safety Tag which contains the slogan "Wear. Believe. Act."