“Worldwide, 1.25 million people die on the roads every year and up to 50 million children, women, men are injured — many of them for life. Road crashes are the 8th leading cause of death globally, and the primary cause of death for young people aged 15-29, leaving millions of families in despair, wrecking entire communities and causing severe human and economic loss for nations. We must scale up our efforts to stop it, and we must do so fast.”
These are the words of Christian Friis Bach, Under Secretary General of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Mr Bach delivered the 27th Westminster Lecture on Transport Safety Global Goals for Sustainable Development in the Houses of Parliament last night [12 December]. The evening opened with an introduction from Andrew Jones MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport. The event was attended by over 100 Parliamentarians and road safety experts from the UK and around the world, including Brazil, Tanzania, Egypt, Thailand, Nepal, Ukraine and Armenia. It was hosted by PACTS, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.