Thursday, 19 April 2012

Decade of Action for Road Safety by WHO (1)

Road Safety

Improving global road safety

Note by the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General transmits the report on improving global road safety, prepared by the World Health Organization in consultation with the United Nations regional commissions and other partners of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.


1. Nearly 1.3 million people in the world die each year of road crashes, 
90 percent of them in low- and middle-income countries. 
Another 20 to 50 million people suffer serious injuries. 
Road traffic injuries are also the leading cause of death for people from 10 to 24 years of age. 
Significant numbers of road traffic fatalities and injuries can be prevented by addressing the leading causes, which include 
excess speed, 
  • lack of seat-belt and 
  • child restraint use, 
  • drinking and driving, 
  • lack of helmet use by riders on two-wheel and three-wheel motorized vehicles, 
  • poorly designed and inadequately maintained roads, 
  • unsafe infrastructure and vehicles, and 
  • inadequate trauma care.

2. On World Health Day in 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank jointly launched the World report on road traffic injury prevention, stressing the importance of road traffic injury prevention and making several recommendations on how countries can address the problem.


  1. The International Drivers Day was celebrated at Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Manesar, Rewari and Gurgaon on 14th April 2012. At Chennai it was quite amazing and spectacular to witness around 210 persons with participation by Glovis India, Tata Motors, VST Motors, W&W, and AICOGOA & Car Carrier Forum. The event was initiated by The Institute of Road Safety and Trucknowledy and it gave all the opportunity to know about the hurdles on the highway and to better appreciate the person who moves the global economy sitting behind the wheel. The event was thoughtfully arranged with skill games and a comprehensive medical check up led by senior medical team specially planned for the driver community to check Liver, Lungs, ECG, Pile, HIV, Blood Sugar and Hepatitis A & B besides Abdomen scanning and regular health check-up.
    14th April was chosen as the day, as majority of the drivers polled had indicated a preference for the same. It was also governed by the fact that 14th April is the day when change is experienced all across India. It is a Baisakhi in Northern & Western part of India, Puthandu in Tamilnadu, Vishu in Kerala, Naba Barsha in Bengal, Rongali Bihu in Assam and so on where new is welcomed with fun and festivity.
    The proceeds opened with Mr. Choi, Chief Operating Officer, Glovis India gracing the chair along with Mr. P. V. Subramani & Mr. Rajinder Singh of Car Carrier Forum and Mr. Chenna Reddy of AICOGOA. The event was also graced by Mr. Chittranjan Das from Delhi, Mr. Uday Shankar Prasad Singh from Patna & Mr. K. Srinivasa Rao from Bangalore who all extolled the sufferings of the drivers and hoped that this new refresh will bring about a positive change and pledged unequivocal support for the betterment of drivers at all levels of political, administrative and police machinery of the Central and State Government.
    A medical camp that was organised through leading medical professionals like Dr. Raghupathy, Dr. Narayanswamy, Dr. Senthil Kumar and many others where medical tests were conducted for Hepatitis B and AIDS as also for Liver and Kidney functions apart from Scans, ECG, Pile and Sugar etc.
    In Parallel, TATA Motors led by Mr. Ramani conducted a camp on safe driving tips. A medical presentation regarding a healthy lifestyle was made by Dr. Senthil Kumar and his team of doctors.
    The participants passed the resolution unanimously to “Treat the Driver with Dignity, Grace & Respect”. The resolution was demonstrated in support by all the participants raising both their arms in the air and by thumping the tables.
    This was a followed by presentation of awards ceremonies based on the result of the events and closure of the proceedings was, followed by a common lunch organised for all those who participated in day’s proceedings.
    It was hoped that this new start this year on April 14th 2012 will motivate us all to lead the change and bring prosperity to all.
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