Save the Children is participating in Global Road Safety Week, 23-29 April 2014! The Week is dedicated to pedestrian safety.
Globally, road accidents are the leading cause of death for young people aged 10 to 24, and by 2015 are predicted to be the leading cause of premature death and disability for children in developing countries ages five and above (World Health Organization). With nearly 1.3 million total road deaths each year, road accidents kill on the scale of AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. And like those killer diseases, road accidents affect the very populations that Save the Children serves–the young, the poor and the vulnerable.
Vietnam ranks 23th out of 50 countries in the world with the highest rate of road accidents. It is reported about nearly 10,000 people died of road traffic accident a year.
We haven’t found any research about the number of pedestrians killed in road accidents but some examples of pedestrians killed by speedy cars and motorbikes in the big cities, especially in Hanoi and HCM City are atrocious. In December 2006, a professor emeritus Seymour Papert from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was among more than 100 international experts from 30 countries who had gathered in Hanoi for conference on teaching mathematics with digital technology. He was killed a motorbike while crossing a busy Hanoi’s street. Last year, a Japanese archaeologist, Nishimura Masanari who had been based in Vietnam for more than 20 years, died in a road accident in Hanoi. And the most recently, a case of a young student who was struck by a drunk driver when she crossed a street has become a controversial media topic in regarding to road safety.
A few years ago Vietnam passed a law requiring motorbike riders to wear a helmet but this law only required them for adult riders. As a result, it is popular for Vietnamese parents carrying their children on their motorbikes without helmets on the streets.
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- All children have the right to a safe walk to and from school.
- Around a quarter of the 1.3 million people killed on the world’s roads are pedestrians. Many are children.
- Road crashes are the number 1 cause of death for young people worldwide.