Global Road Safety Week 2019
Today marks the start of United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2019! The week takes place every two years with themes around road safety. The theme this year is leadership and the goal is to encourage strong leadership among the public and inspire leaders to take action.
Every 23 seconds someone dies on the road. According to the World Health Organization, there are 1.35 million road traffic deaths each year, and more than half of these deaths are pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. In the United States, more than 100 people die and more than 8,400 people are injured each day in road traffic crashes. In 2017, major risk factors for road traffic deaths in the U.S. included:
- Drunk driving, which contributed to more than 10,800 crash deaths.
- Not using seat belts, car seats, and booster seats, which contributed to over 10,000 crash deaths.
- Speeding, which contributed to more than 9,700 crash deaths.
CDC’s Injury Center encourages everyone to #SPEAKUP and be a leader for road safety. You can get involved by:
- Posting and sharing your #Safies (safety selfie). Here’s how:
- Download a signboard, cut it out, and make a handle
- Write a message or safety concern
- Take a photo or #Safie at the location where you face the road safety risk. (Do not take any photos that would put you in an unsafe situation)
- Share it on social media with #SpeakUp and #Safie
- Registering your road safety risks and concerns here
- Following CDC’s Injury Center on social media @CDCInjury to get safety tips.
Help Us Spread the Word
- Today is the start of UN Global Road Safety Week 2019 @UNGRSW! Help us raise awareness. Share your #Safie or register your local road safety risks: https://bit.ly/2lNrvzy
- #SpeakUp! The campaign theme is leadership for the 5th @UNGRSW. Learn what you can do to help: https://bit.ly/2lU60wE
- Everyone can be a leader. #SpeakUp for road safety. Get involved; share your #Safie and your thoughts! https://bit.ly/2lU60wE
- Download the Get Involved Toolkit: https://www.unroadsafetyweek.
- Read the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018: https://www.who.int/violence_
- Read more about the efforts by CDC’s Injury Center to prevent motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths: http://www.cdc.gov/