This abstract is on a report titled “Road Safety Strategy- for the United Nations Systems and Personnel.” Nevertheless, this road safety strategy can be implemented around the world by different countries. According to the UN, around 13 lakh people die due to road accidents every year. Each day approximately 3000 deaths take place. Half of these people are susceptible road users, i.e., pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. Around fifty million people sustain non-fatal injuries from road accidents, one of the essential factors of disabilities globally. Approximately 90% of road accident deaths take place in low and middle-income countries. The vehicles in low- and middle-income countries amount to 54% of the world’s total vehicles. Controlling and preventing these road accidents is necessary to curb fatalities from making death by road accidents jumping to the 7th leading cause of death globally by 2030, with around 19 lakh deaths every year. Ninety-one personnel were killed in road accidents, more than double the number of people killed by acts of terrorism in the USA.

This study provides action plans for road safety management. Different countries can implement this road safety strategy worldwide to reduce road fatalities. The action plans for the system include: -

Road Safety Management

Road safety management necessitates the execution of road safety measures, including strengthening the policy framework of road safety. Government mechanisms and agencies should support the strategy to ensure a sustainable and organized road safety approach. Vehicle crash data plays a significant role in determining road safety problems; it would also help take countermeasures and evaluate the effectiveness of road policy. Identifying innovative and alternative sources of funding for the system-wide road strategy.

Safer Vehicles

Improving vehicle safety through better vehicle technology and ensuring vehicle inspection according to the rules applicable in the country of use. Research and development into novel safety technologies and safety of pedestrians. Number of seat belts in the vehicle should correspond with the number of people who can sit in the car.

Safer Roads

Awareness in raising and training is a significant step towards safer roads users. Ensuring competent authorities conduct driving tests.

Post-Accident Response

Increasing responsiveness to post-crash emergencies is a crucial measure taken by governments while ensuring medical supplies. Providing psychosocial follow-up support to people involved in a crash. Safeguarding that emergency response teams are under administration and are well aware of available databases and problems.

Safe Driving Environment

Conducting safety audits in the country while identifying problem areas and improving conditions in those areas. Planning traffic routes by the government so that automobiles and pedestrians’ traffic are physically separated and noticeable. Installing speed bumps wherever necessary and ensuring lighting in every place where there is a roadway — installing safety mirrors at the exits of every road where fixed objects block driver’s vision.

This system can be adopted by different countries globally, which would help them curb the increase in fatalities due to road accidents worldwide.

Road Safety Strategy by United Nations
By Divyansh Sehgal, Senior Legal Analyst, Sanrachana
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