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"Save Lives - #SlowDown" is the campaign name of this week's UN Global Road Safety Week

11 May 2017

The Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week focuses on speed management  as a key risk factor. "Save Lives - #SlowDown" seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed. The campaign aims to generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads.

How to #SlowDown?

Evidence shows that the key solutions for managing speed are establishing and enforcing speed limit laws, building or modifying roads to include features to limit speed, installing technologies in vehicles, and raising awareness about the dangers of speeding as well as the actual speed limit on each road.

Research shows that a 5% cut in average speed can result in a 30% reduction in the number of fatal road traffic crashes. To manage and reduce speeds the campaign calls for safe vehicles, safe roads and safe people.

Local events

Initiatives and events are organised during the UN Global Road Safety Week all across the world. The mobility agency of Rome launched the “Programma Straordinario” tp re-think road safety policies as a whole, targeting all key sectors involved such as infrastructures, vehicles and road users behaviour, public and private transport, freight distribution, zone 30, pedestrian and cycling measures. In Belgium and Spain for examples, associations call on city governments to consider 30km/h speed limits in urban areas.

More information:

This yea's UN Road Safety Week is held from 8-14 May 2017.

https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home