Friday, 20 May 2011

Decade of Action For Road Safety 今度の交通安全運動は”10年間”

全くと言って良いほど日本では話題に上っていませんが、今年から国連による10年間にも及ぶ全地球規模の交通安全運動"Decade of Action for Road Safety"が始まりました。



ROAD SAFETYを交通安全と訳してしまうと、車に乗っている人たちの事のように考えがちですが、世界の道路上での死亡者の半数は車以外で移動中の人たちです。すなわち、歩行者であり、自転車であり、自動二輪車であり、あるいはただそこに佇んでいただけの人かもしれません。



I have not heard about this issue in Tokyo.  Not even a single time.  But according to the editorial of the Lancet (vol. 377 p1543 ) The first Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 has launched.

The WHO website introduced ten reasons to act on road deaths as followed.

Ten reasons to act on road deaths

  • Nearly 1.3 million people are killed on the world's roads each year.
  • Up to 50 million people are injured, and many remain disabled for life.
  • 90% of casualties from road deaths occur in developing countries.
  • Annual road traffic deaths are forecast to rise to 1.9 million people by 2020.
  • Road traffic injuries are the number one cause of death for young people worldwide.
  • By 2015 road traffic injuries will be the leading health burden for children over the age of five years in developing countries.
  • The economic cost to developing countries is at least $100 billion a year.
  • Road traffic injuries place an immense burden on hospitals and health systems generally.
  • Road crashes are preventable.
  • A global Action Plan includes practical measures which, if implemented, could save millions of lives
Annual deaths due to malaria is estimated to be fewer than 1 million.  So it is fair to say that Road traffic accidents kills more people than malaria worldwide.  Without concerted action, road-traffic injuries are predicted to be the fifth leading cause of death by 2030 (after ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lower respiratory infections) a leap from being the ninth ranked cause of death in 2004.

It would be underscored that just over half of all deaths on the roads are in those not travelling in a car.  Namely, pedestrians, people riding bikes or motor bikes or could be people just resting on the streets.

I know I am just a beginner bicycle rider, but I don't think I can enjoy cycling again if I got injured and remain disabled, if I took someone's life or if I lost my children's lives by road traffic accidents.

It is the matter for us.  It is the time to take actions in Japan, too.  

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