UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged for the protection of human life at a time when road accidents claim the lives of one person every 24 seconds.
"A road traffic collision claims the life of someone every 24 seconds. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is an opportunity to reflect on the millions of individuals who have died as a result of traffic accidents "In a message for World Day on Sunday, the top UN official remarked.
According to reports, this year's theme emphasises the importance of reducing traffic speeds to prevent death and serious injury, particularly among young women and men just starting out in adulthood, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users such as children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
"I urge every country, enterprise, and citizen to support local and global initiatives to make roads safer, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, which account for more than 90 percent of global road fatalities," Guterres continued. "I further urge all UN member states to ratify UN road safety protocols and adopt whole-of-society action plans, as well as all donors to provide much-needed financial and technical contributions to the UN Road Safety Fund." "As we prepare for next year's UN General Assembly high-level discussion on improving road safety, let us remember that each of us has a responsibility to play in keeping roads safe," the Secretary-General stated.