ACT Policing is supporting the United Nations’ (UN) global plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety which is being launched world-wide today.
The plan calls on all countries to address the major road safety risk factors and act on improving road safety with the goal to reduce road deaths and injuries around the world by 2020.
Each year nearly 1.3 million people die as a result of a traffic-related collision. Twenty to 50 million more people sustain serious injuries from a collision.
The UN states that unless immediate and effective action is taken, traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death in the world, resulting in an estimated 2.4 million deaths each year.
Deputy Chief Police Officer Bruce Hill said ACT Policing supports the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and would continue its targeted approach to reduce road trauma.
“The issue of road deaths and its tragic consequences is being recognised at a local, national and now an international level and we strongly support the UN’s global plan to reduce road trauma,” Commander Hill said.
“In the ACT we will continue our targeted traffic campaigns and education initiatives, as well as working with our jurisdictional counterparts.
“We can reduce and prevent people dying on our roads — whether that is in the ACT or in any other country,” he said.