Dates unveiled for 2017 Global Road Safety Week

12.00 | 27 July 2016 | | 2 comments

The fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held 8-14 May 2017, with a focus on speed.

The bi-annual event is organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in 2017 has been timed to coincide with the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety on 11 May 2011.

WHO says the 2017 event will set out to ‘increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads’.

The week is set to feature hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, local authorities and civil society organisations, and private companies.

The 2015 Global Road Safety Week used the slogan #SaveKidsLives to highlight the challenges and dangers faced by children on roads across the World.

Road Safety GB led a wide ranging campaign across the UK with support from road safety stakeholders including the DfT, Transport Scotland, Highways England, Brake, RoSPA, AIRSO and Road Safety Support.

Initiatives in 2015 included a database of road safety professionals in the UK who were willing to support colleagues abroad, road safety resources for children and educators, and a series of online forums focussing on child road safety issues.


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    Rod, did you know that there is a cognitive science term for the tendency to cherry-pick information or interpret it in such a way that confirms one’s own preconceptions – it is known as ‘confirmatory bias’. It has been shown that campaigners and even decision makers actively seek out evidence that supports their personal hypotheses and give extra weight to it, whilst ignoring or trying to trivialise evidence (no matter how strong) that contradicts their own bias.

    Charles, England
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    I note that WHO say that:
    “Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.”

    Rod King, Cheshire, 20’s Plenty for Us
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