Road Safety – a Human Rights Issue!
Each year, 1.35 million people are killed in road traffic crashes globally: the equivalent to one person every 24 seconds. Many millions more are injured. Despite the impetus of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, SDGs 3.63 and 11.24, and the Voluntary Targets, deaths resulting from road crashes are not decreasing. There is an urgent imperative to address this problem now. Behind each of the people killed is a story: a violent event, loved ones left behind and the circumstances that they must now cope with — losing the breadwinner of the family, having to drop out of school to make ends meet, fighting for justice or compensation, experiencing life-changing grief and pain. And what about those who survive a crash? Some are injured, maybe permanently disabled. What further impacts will that crash have upon them? Not all crashes lead to injury, but those involved may still be affected in other ways.
This report presents the results of the People’s Survey. Its purpose is to complement the existing global body of numerical data on road traffic crashes by capturing the human experiences and voices of ordinary people. The People’s Survey reached citizens around the world, to capture how the millions of fatal and non-fatal road traffic crashes affect individuals. We hope that the report’s findings and the testimonies of survey respondents presented in it will help to demonstrate the real and personal impacts of road crashes on people’s lives. Proven strategies exist to reduce the frequency and severity of road crashes, such as those detailed in the Save LIVES package, Voluntary Targets, Vision Zero and the Safe System approach. The tragedy is that not enough is being done to put these strategies into action and prevent road crashes and their consequences.
At AI, the research was done by staffer Phillipa Tucker in collaboration with partners in the road safety movement at the Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs.