Enforce the use of safety belts, even for those seated behind, and greater protection for the most vulnerable road users, i.e. two-wheelers and pedestrians. These are the main themes of the Third Ministerial Conference on Global Road Safety, sponsored by Sweden and by the WHO in Stockholm these days, where delegates from over 80 United Nations member states will gather to discuss the strategic guidelines for the future in the context of the global road safety up to 2030 and beyond.
“The global data highlight an important disparity in the field of road safety,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Centre for the Safety of Volvo Cars. “The existing gaps should be filled through the use of technology, but also creating and fostering a culture of security at the global level. It is important that you understand and address the differences in use of safety belts in the various Countries; on the other hand, the infrastructure should be oriented to improving the level of safety of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.”
“Volvo Cars has a long tradition of initiatives aimed at improving safety through collaboration, an aspect that has contributed greatly to confirm the role of the leader of the House in the area of security,” he added, Malin Ekholm. “Fostering a greater understanding of the value and the need for protection of an appropriate base is critical and we need the help of the Un and of national legislators to address the issue through the right and the information. We at Volvo Cars we are proud to be part of this project and to bring our contribution.”
The current safety belt in three points, introduced for the first time by the Swedish house in 1959, is the safety device, the most important thing inside a car. Without it, all other safety equipment, and technologically advanced are largely ineffective; an automatic brake function is less effective if the people to the edge of a car do not fasten the safety belts that keep them sitting on their seats. The same applies to restraint systems for children, that protect passengers of different heights.
However, only 105 Countries in the world have laws requiring the use of seat belts in both the seated passengers in the front and those in the rear seats, as foreseen in the best practice. This Volvo Cars makes an appeal to the UN to urge the legislators around the world to adapt the laws to extend the obligation to all passengers of all vehicles and to have them respected.
As cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists account for more than half of the total number of road deaths, Volvo also suggests that the states members of the United Nations to promote the road safety also has provided funds, for example, to make bike and pedestrian trails, well marked and with barriers to protect these road users are particularly vulnerable.
it Is estimated that every year 1.35 million people lose their lives due to road accidents. Already only this number emphasizes the need of an intervention, but the data processed by the World Health Organization (WHO) also show that in developing Countries the risk of death due to a road accident is three times higher than in developed Countries.
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