The UN General Assembly approved a resolution supporting coordinated global action for road safety, last week.
In particular, the resolution could pave the way for the creation of a UN Road Safety Fund. This would greatly support efforts to improve road safety standards in the developing world. Increased funding for road safety can unlock sustainable progress in making roads safer for all users in all countries, and in particular in developing countries where unsafe roads are today threatening to undermine poverty reduction achievements.
The global cost of road traffic crashes is estimated at $500 billion every year!
U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power informed that in the United States, at any given moment during the day, more than 587,000 vehicles were being driven by someone who used a cell phone at the same time, according to a 2014 study. The results are predictably deadly: that same year, 3,179 people in the United States were killed and 431,000 others were injured in collisions involving distracted drivers.
Kids Non-Profit Organization is welcoming the adoption of a resolution which marks a major step forward in global road safety financing. KNPO is also a member of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and we are very proud of the work accomplished by Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety's Management within this resolution.