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Notice to Readers: United Nations Global Road Safety Week --- April 23--29, 2007

Each year 1.2 million persons (vehicle drivers, passengers, and pedestrians) die on the world's roads; 40% of these deaths occur among persons aged <25 years. This year, the first United Nations Global Road Safety Week will be held in an attempt to improve road safety by increasing awareness of these preventable deaths and by promoting interventions that have had the greatest impact on road safety (e.g., safety belts, road design, helmets, and prohibitions on drinking and driving and speeding). The first Global Road Safety Week is dedicated to younger road users (1). In the United States, the focus is on teen drivers aged 16--19 years, whose risk for motor vehicle crash is four times greater than that for older drivers (2). Two of five deaths among U.S. teens are the result of a motor vehicle crash (3).

The World Health Organization has produced a toolkit to guide activities related to Global Road Safety Week (1). Other governmental and nongovernmental organizations are participating in various ways. Additional information is available at CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/grsw), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov), and Make Roads Safe (http://www.makeroadssafe.org).

References

  1. World Health Organization. First United Nations global road safety week: a toolkit for organizers of events. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2006. Available at http://www.who.int/roadsafety/week/en.
  2. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Fatality facts 2005: teenagers. Arlington, VA: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; 2006. Available at http://www.iihs.org/research/fatality_facts/teenagers.html.
  3. CDC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS™). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars.

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Date last reviewed: 4/18/2007

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