Global Road Safety Ministerial Summit

AA calls for a decade of action

19 November 2009

The AA is calling on governments from around the world, meeting in Moscow at the first ever Global Ministerial Summit on Road Safety today, to agree plans for a Decade of Action which would save five million lives on the world's roads.

Road crashes are a growing epidemic and are set to become the number one killer of children aged 5 to 14 by 2015.

AA President, Edmund King, will be in Moscow to push the case for Ministers from 70 countries to support the call for a decade of action. UK road safety Minister, Paul Clark MP, is also due to attend. The AA has written to the Minister urging that the UK supports the call for action on road safety. The AA together with the FIA and its member clubs around the world are actively supporting the Make Roads Safe campaign and its call for a Decade of Action on road safety.

The goal of the Decade of Action is for governments to collectively commit to reducing the forecast 2020 level of road deaths by 50 per cent, from 1.9 million to below one million a year. This involves a ten point plan combining political commitment, international donor support for infrastructure development, and sustained national prioritisation of road injury prevention. These measures taken together could avoid five million deaths and fifty million serious injuries over the decade.

Make Roads Safe – we call for a decade of action for road safety (link opens a new window)

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Edmund King, AA President said: "Along with Ministers from around the world, today our government must take the opportunity to turn the corner on road safety. The stakes are high. If we do not act, millions will die or be injured on the world's roads. A Decade of Action is crucial – we will achieve nothing if we do not work together. The UK has a relatively good record on road safety but it is vital that we help the global, as well as local, efforts to cut road carnage."

FIA President Jean Todt said: "Five million lives are at stake in the coming decade. We know what needs to be done to save these lives. The international community must demonstrate their political will to succeed, and make this ministerial meeting a turning point for global road safety."

Road crashes already kill on a scale of Malaria or Tuberculosis and they are forecast to increase dramatically unless action is taken:

  • By 2030, the projected number of deaths on the world's roads will be roughly double the current level
  • Around 1.3 million people will be killed on the world's roads this year. Over 90 per cent of these fatalities occur in the world's poorest countries
  • Road traffic fatalities are the single biggest source of death among 15 to 19 year olds in developing countries and the second leading cause among 5 to 14 year olds

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19 November 2009