Our organization ‘Women & Child Welfare Society, Cuttack, Odisha, India’ is planning to observe 6th UN Global Road Safety Week (from 17th to 23rd May, 2021) through Webinar on Speed Management on 22th May 2021 at 12 Noon IST. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-r71wOeDUc&t=53s
The theme of the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week in 2021 is “30 km/h on streets where people walk, live and play, which is based around the Stockholm Declaration. There is strong evidence that maximum 30 km/h roads save lives, especially among pedestrians, cyclist, children and young people, have environmental and other benefits.
STREET FOR LIFE: FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
“Health of a Nation is more important than Wealth of a Nation”. Hence, Road Safety is an important public health concern. Road related accidents are undoubtedly the most frequent and overall the cause of the most damages.
In today’s modern era road and transport has become a central part of every human being. Everybody is road user in one way or the other. The present transport system has reduced the distance, whereas increases the life risk of road accidents. Every year road accidents lead to loss of lakhs of lives and serious injuries to crores of people across the world. Approximately 1.35 million people die each year as a result of road traffic accidents. The road traffic accidents cost most countries 3% of their gross domestic product. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. An approximate to 20 to 50 million people suffers non-fatal injuries, many occurring a disability as a result of their injury. The estimated global economic cost of traffic accidents is approximate to $518 billion per year. Globally, India is leading in total number of road accidents (both fatal and non-fatal injuries). Everyday approximate to 3000 children and young people are killed or seriously injured on the world roads.
Speeding plays a vital role in causing any road accidents. The person behind the wheel plays an important role in most of the road accidents. In most cases, road accidents occur due to carelessness or due to lack of road safety awareness of the road users. An increase in average speed is directly related both to the likelihood of a crash occurring and to the severity of the consequences of the crash. For example, every 1% increase in mean speed produces a 4% increase in the fatal crash risk and a 3% increase. Road Safety is the prevention and protection of road accidents by using all the road safety measures. People safety on the road is one of the most important aspects in order to avoid road side accidents, injury and death. The potential for death or a serious injury is always prominent risk when someone is not focused while driving.
Road traffic injuries can be prevented. Governments need to take action to address road safety in a holistic manner. This requires involvement from multiple sectors such as transport, police, health, education, and actions that address the safety of roads, vehicles, and road users. Effective interventions include designing safer infrastructure and incorporating road safety features into land-use and transport planning, improving the safety features of vehicles, improving post-crash care for victims of road crashes, setting and enforcing laws relating to key risks, and raising public awareness.
6th UN Global Road Safety Week 2021 is observed during 17th to 23rd May, 2021, in accordance with United Nations General Assembly of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 developed by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. Theme for observation of the week is “Street for Life #Love30 km/h”, where people and traffic mix make streets that are healthy, green and livable, from 30 km/h limits in town and city centers, to safe speeds for rural roads.
Reducing the speed limit to 30 km/h aims at making roads and streets safer for road users. On our streets, worldwide, where we walk, play and live, we call for action on speed. Low speed livable streets are essential and urgent. It’s urgent because low speed save lives. Urgent for public health, by walking and cycling safer and accessible, enabling and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Livable streets are more crucial than ever as we respond to COVID 19 pandemic situation. Urgent for global goal and climate, as a key that unlocks a virtuous cycle of zero carbon active travel, shifting from car dependence, enabling thriving public transportation, cleaner air and lower CO2 emissions. It’s urgent for our children and youth and vital for their wellbeing. They are most at risk on streets where they live, play and travel to school.
A child hit by a car at 30km/h can survive. Hit at 80 km/h, most will die. Speed kills. The 2020 Stockholm Declaration, adopted by Governments worldwide, calls for a focus on livable streets and in line with available evidence, a maximum road travel speed of 30 km/h where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix. Commitment to this approach must be at the forefront of the new Decade of Action for Road Safety to achieve Global Goals. Now is the time to urgently call for action by reducing, designing and enforcing traffic speeds that are safe for everyone, everywhere, prioritizing low speed streets in all residential areas and near schools.
“Street for health. Street for climate. Streets for people. We must act together to create #StreetsForLife.”
Cuttack: Google Meet the 6th UN Global Road Week Held at Cuttack through. The event was hosted by the Women's and Child Welfare Society. The main focus of the program was on Speed Management. Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Retired Traffic DCP was the chief guest at the sponsored event. Krishna Chandra Samal, R.T.O. Cuttack Eng. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Behera, President of the Judicial Services Institute. Vikas Dash, Chandikhola Baba.Bhairavnath University. The head of the sociology department at the Autonomous College, Drs. Dr. Sujata Senapati, Chairman of Sahara Odisha Family Dr. Ajay Mohapatra discussed how to control and manage major road safety and speed through Google Meet and how the public can benefit from it and how to get the various benefits available from the government to the people. The event was coordinated by Minati Bindhani, General Secretary of the Women and Child Welfare Society, and introduced all the guests. The various guests who attended the meeting received answers from various guests on road safety and thanked all the guests. The discussion was attended by Manas Mansingh from Badamba, Trinath Patnaik from Koraput, Dr. Akshay Kumar Nayak, P.M. Manaswini Rautaray, Rankanidhi Samal, Sampurna Mohanty, Manaswini Nayak, Swarnaprabha Swayam, Stitiprajna Barik were the prominent participants in the event.
Speed Management- Street for life#Love 30