The United Nations has drawn global attention to the plight of children on the world’s roads to generate action to better ensure their safety in line with the UN decade of action for road safety, 2011-2020.
As the global community commemorates this year’s edition of road safety week, the event is further heightened by global statistics on road crashes which indicate that about 186,300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC Corps Commander, Corps Public Education Officer, Imoh Etuk, the rate of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries.
In Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps’ statistics on road crashes involving children indicate that 1, 903 were killed and 8,667 other children were injured in 61,806 reported cases of road crashes between 2010 and 2014.
Out of these fatalities, 1,138males and 765 female children died in the last 5 years while 5,426 males and 3, 241 female children were also injured during the same period.
“The week will feature several events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organisations and private companies, including the delivery of the “Child Declaration for Road Safety” to policy-makers.
“The events will further highlight the World Health Organisation’s package of ten key strategies for keeping children safe on the road.
“Further to this arrangement, in September 2015, all Governments meeting at the United Nations will launch a new set of global goals for future development.
“The ‘post-2015’ Sustainable Development Goals will set the agenda for all work, worldwide on international development. They will replace the current ‘Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
“There is therefore a global push for road safety which was not initially included in the Millennium Development Goals, to be integrated and given priority attention across the globe.
“Road traffic injuries have a health burden on the scale of malaria and tuberculosis, and the death rate is increasing. The crisis is most severe in developing countries, which account for 90 percent of the 1.3 million road traffic fatalities each year.
“The United Nations has recognised that road traffic injury represents a major public health and development crisis. In the first draft of the new ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, Governments have included a target to halve road traffic fatalities.
“The Save Kids’ Lives campaign together with partners around the world is now calling on world leaders to ensure that this target is in the new Goals when they are launched in September 2015,” it said.

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