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UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

The first United Nations global road safety week will be modelled on previous road safety weeks orchestrated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and World Health Day 2004. The theme for the week will be “young road users”—as young people constitute a major group at risk of death, injury and disability on the road. Though the focus is on young road users, it is hoped that the actions resulting from the week will benefit road users of all ages. During the course of the week which will be held from 23 to 29 April 2007, it is envisioned that a large number of local, national and international events will be hosted all over the world. Many partners will participate in these events including governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. The main objectives of this first United Nations global road safety week 2007 are to raise awareness about the societal impact of road traffic injuries, highlighting the risks for young road users; and promote action around key factors which have a major impact on preventing road traffic injuries: helmets, seat-belts, drunk driving, speeding and infrastructure. The slogan for the week, “Road Safety is No Accident”, highlights the fact that road safety happens not by accident, but through the deliberate efforts on the part of many individuals and many sectors of society — governmental and non-governmental alike. The week’s website is http://tinyurl.com/2g54d8. Resources for the week and further information about the UN’s road safety collaboration can also be accessed through this site.

HELMETS: A ROAD SAFETY MANUAL FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Many countries around the world are facing the problem of a rapidly rising number of people injured or killed while riding two-wheelers—motorcycles and bicycles. A large proportion of the deaths and severe injuries result from injuries to the head. Helmets are effective in …

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