Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is using the forthcoming UN Global Road Safety Week as a great way to encourage drivers and riders to consider the risks they face (and the risks they pose) on their daily journeys, including ways to reduce those risks.
The Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week started on Monday 6th May, 2019. Its aim is to promote an understanding of what a safer future could look like and spur on road users to help achieving safer road journeys worldwide.
World Health Organization (WHO) figures show that road traffic injuries are now the number one killer of people aged 5 to 29 years. This burden is disproportionately carried by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. WHO says that drastic action is needed to put measures in place to meet any future global target that might save lives.
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Neil Worth, GEM Motoring Assist’s road safety officer, said;
“As road users, we all tend to underestimate the risks we face – as well as overestimating our ability to deal with them. That makes us all more vulnerable than we may realise.
“GEM’s message for UN Global Road Safety Week is that we all have an opportunity to make a difference. We can all commit to reducing risk and improving safety on road journeys, as long as we don’t always see it as someone else’s problem.
“So, let’s celebrate the opportunity we all have to make a difference. Let’s commit to make changes, and develop an attitude where risk is reduced. Let’s stop criticising others and instead see what we could be doing to improve safety on our road journeys – safety for ourselves and for those who share the roads with us.
“The good news is that we can all start with our very next journey.”
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