GIS: Road Traffic Accidents Account for more than One Million Annual Fatalities, Worldwide.
The Transport Division in the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation will convene a meeting to discuss Road Safety Month initiatives.
As is customary, the month of November is observed as Road Safety Month in Saint Lucia. According to the World Health Organization, the issue of road safety is increasingly becoming a major concern, as road traffic accidents account for more than one million road traffic fatalities worldwide, annually.
With a goal to stabilize and reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Regional Commissions and other stakeholders in March 2010, developed a Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The categories or “pillars” of activities forming this plan include: building road safety management capacity; improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behavior of road users; and improving post-crash response. Governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders are being encouraged to make use of the plan as a guiding document for the events and activities they will host in support of the global plan.
To mark this year’s observance, Saint Lucia has decided to adopt Pillar 4 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety as its theme: “Becoming a Safer Road User: #ArriveAlive.”
The Road Safety Month meeting will be held on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. in the main conference room of the Department of Infrastructure, Port Services, and Energy.