The 5th United Nations Global Road Safety was held from the 6 – 12 May this year. Across the world we saw the global community #SpeakUp and #DemandLeadership for #3StarorBetter.

Below is a snapshot from iRAP and our partners around the world spreading the word that it is time to speak up.

Australia


UN Global Road Safety Week began with the launch of Australian Road Safety Week in Brisbane. The Story Bridge shone bright in yellow commemorating Sarah Frazer and the 1,200 other Australians who lose their lives each year to road trauma.

Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group President Peter Frazer founded National Road Safety Week after his daughter Sarah was killed in a roadside crash in 2012, and launched this year’s Week together with the Governor-General of Australia. Read more here

The Australian snapshot below is from iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads resource.

Philippines


During the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week, road safety leaders and partners in the Philippines reaffirmed their commitment to reducing road traffic deaths and injuries.

The event included a multi-stakeholder forum with nearly 100 representatives from national agencies, local government units (LGUs), academia, non-government and civil society organizations, including groups representing people with disabilities as well as pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Read more here

The Philippines snapshot below is from iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads resource.

India


IndiaRAP’s Jigesh Bhavsar and Albin Tharakan travelled on a road from Goa to Belgaum crossing the Ghats – ‘This road is really unsafe with broken cliffside crash barriers, poorly marked curves and high speed. We demand a 3 star or better road’  (Twitter Post)

The Indian snapshot below is from iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads resource.

Malaysia


Our Malaysian Centre of Excellence – Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research were involved in two events in conjunction with UNGRSW:

The Malaysian snapshot below is from iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads resource.

Thailand


Our Thai Centre of Research – Chulalongkorn UniversityInvited people to promote and participate in the #SpeakUp campaign and continue to collaborate with partners such as Bloomberg, WHO-RTG, DOH, DRR, and local universities in Thailand.

The Thailand snapshot below is from iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads resource.

Ghana


Delegates attending iRAP survey training in Accra demanded 3-star or better road infrastructure, led by AfricaRAP Lead Racheal Nganwa.

The Ghana snapshot below is from iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads resource.

At the end of the week, iRAP’s CEO Rob McInerney send out a heartfelt message to the road safety community for UN Global Road Safety Week, ‘Because together we can save so many lives’.

Rob has been meeting with iRAP’s existing and new partners around the world to share ideas and shape our combined plans to create a world free of high-risk roads.

We must continue to share these important messages – What can we do different, bigger and better to save lives and meet the 2030 global goals for road safety?

As we approach the end of the Decade of Action each one of us must ask those questions to ensure we maximise the lives we can save in the Decade to come.

Because every life counts.

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