National Committee on Road Safety, Ministry of PublicWorks and Transport celebrated the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week 2017 last weekend at Lao ITECC, Vientiane in the presence of Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport ViengsavanhSiphandone,and representatives of relevant organisations.
The celebration of this Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week 2017 under the theme Save Lives And Slow Down is to raise public awareness of road safety and encourage members of the public to realize the importance of the reduction and prevention of accidents by taking cautions while driving on the road and strictly observing traffic rules, said MrViengsavanh.
A debate was also held for participants on road safety problems under the theme road building and road use.
The celebration also witnessed booths representing the government and private sectors providing information on safe driving techniquesand first aid.
The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week was held from 8-14 May. The Week focused on fast driving and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speeding contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries, according to the UN Road Safety Collaboration.
Countries successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritising safety when managing speeding. Among the proven strategies to address speeding include:
– Building or modifying roads to include features that slow traffic
– Establishing speed limits to the function of each road
– Enforcing speed limits
– Installing in-vehicle technologies, and
– Raising awareness about the dangers of speeding.
The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speeding and generate actionsand measures to address speeding, thereby saving lives on the roads.
Source: Lao News Agency