Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road. More than 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads every year.
Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for young people aged 5–29.
Last week, 18-24 November 2019, was Road Safety Week. The statistics relating to traffic collisions are shocking – but there is plenty you can do to help keep yourself stay safe while on the roads.
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event (though of course everyone across the globe can get involved), coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. It aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to act on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the week and beyond. It also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness of and engagement in their work.
A new theme is chosen every year, and this year’s theme is to “Step Up for Safe Streets”.
The campaign is encouraging everyone to learn and shout about and celebrate the amazing designed solutions that will allow us to get around in safe and healthy ways every day. From safety technology in vehicles, to speed limits that reflect the safety of the roads, we can all step up to learn about, shout about and celebrate these proven solutions.
We can all step up and play a part in the celebration of safe system solutions and the creation of a safe and healthy future by pledging to use roads safely, minimising our vehicle use and shout out for safe system solutions. For example, choosing to walk short journeys instead of driving is one of the simplest ways to be more active and minimise vehicle use. You can also pledge to use roads safely, following the Highway Code, using common sense, and ensuring that you and your vehicle are in a fit state for the journey before you begin.
Every death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy, and each one is preventable. Step up for Safe Streets and do your bit for a safe and healthy future.
For more information, please visit the Road Safety Week website.