(GIS) – Road Safety Awareness Month is being recognised in the month of November, in Saint Lucia.
Nissa Paul-Alexander, Transport Officer within the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation, said the importance of the observation can be understood when the statistics on road fatalities worldwide each year are consulted.
“Road Safety Month is due to road safety increasingly becoming a concern as road traffic accidents account for more than one million traffic fatalities around the world,” she explained. “With a view to stabilize and reduce the forecast level of traffic fatalities, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations and other stakeholders, in March of 2010 developed a global plan for building road safety management capacity, for improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks, for further developing the safety of vehicles, enhancing the behaviour of road users, and improving post-crash responses. Governments around the world have been encouraged to develop national plans that will not only improve but develop policies that will enhance road safety in Saint Lucia.”
Mrs. Alexander pointed out that with the high number of vehicles set to enter the Caribbean in the near future, it is imperative that all road users practice proper road safety procedures.
“It is very important that every single individual that traverses our roads takes every precautionary measure that they can, because unless immediate or effective action is taken, road traffic injuries are expected to increase.”
According to WHO, by the year 2020, road traffic accidents will be the fifth leading cause of death around the world.