Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
The US House of Representatives will debate our proposal for a Decade of Action tomorrow (Wed 23 Sept). Concurrent Resolution 74 'supporting the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety with a global target to reduce by 50 percent the predicted increase in global road deaths between 2010 and 2020' was sponsored by Democrat Congressman Robert Wexler and is co-sponsored by 45 other representatives from both parties.
Our campaign in the US has mobilised a lot of support behind this, in an effort to engage politicians and raise awareness. We'll update on any developments here.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
India has confirmed that its Union Minister for Transport and Highways, Kamal Nath, will participate in the Moscow conference. India's Union health minister is also expected to attend.
Today I visited the traffic police in Mumbai. Their motivated and energetic Traffic Police Commissioner, Sanjay Barve, says road fatalities in the city have fallen by half - from around 800 to 400 - in the past few years, mainly as a result of enforcing helmet wearing by motorcycle riders (similar efforts to get pillion riders wearing helmets will also be launched soon). The police have also prioritised promoting and enforcing lane discipline and tackling drink driving. More than 35,000 drivers or riders have been caught drink driving since 2007, with 15,000 of them ending up in prison. 92,000 people were fined for not wearing helmets in just a two month period in the summer of 2008.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Good article today on road safety in Uganda from the Guardian website, drawing the connection between new/upgraded roads and rising road deaths http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/2009/sep/08/news-life .
This comes from the Guardian's development project in the village of Katine in Uganda. Supported with funding from the paper's readership, the project has, over the past couple of years, examined in minute detail the impact of aid spending on people's lives. The impact of road development on trade, access to health care and other opportunities has been an important part of this analysis, and questions about road safety have risen up the agenda since a football tournament sponsored by the Guardian in June ended in tragedy http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/2009/jun/14/football-fan-death-katine-crash . The economic context, and potential dangers, of the new road cutting through Katine is also well explored in this article by John Vidal http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/2009/apr/09/soroti-lira-juba-road .
The slogan of the Katine project is 'It starts with a village'. Perhaps a wider understanding and visibility for the vital need to build road safety into road development will also start with this village.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
More than 30 countries have already confirmed ministerial participation in the Moscow conference. If your country doesn't appear in the list below, please redouble efforts to make sure you are represented! (It may be that your government has decided on its delegation - these are just the ones we know about).
Azerbaijan; Algeria; Angola; Bangladesh; Cambodia; Cameroon; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cuba; Gambia; Germany; Iraq; Laos; Luxembourg; Mexico; Mozambique; Nigeria; New Zealand; Norway; Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Poland; Sao Tome and Principe; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Serbia; Senegal; Sweden; Syria; Tanzania; United Kingdom; Vatican; Vietnam.