WHO says more than one million people kill every year due to road accidents

Peshawar: National Highways & Motorways Police, Sector M-1 on Wednesday arranged a “Road Safety Awareness Seminar” in which it is revealed that according to World Health Organization (WHO), more than a million people are killed on the world’s roads each year.

The Seminar, which held at Khyber Union Hall, Sector commander M-1, SSP Muhammad Tahir along with his team, attended Islamia College University Peshawar, attended the proceedings to create awareness among the teachers, students’ community and the media for spreading the message extensively.

Road traffic safety refers to the methods and measures for reducing the risk of a person using the road network being killed or seriously injured. The users of a road include pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, their passengers, and passengers of on-road public transport, mainly buses and trams. Best-practice road safety strategies focus upon the prevention of serious injury and death crashes in spite of human fallibility (which is contrasted with the old road safety paradigm of simply reducing crashes assuming road user compliance with traffic regulations).

Road traffic crashes are one of the world’s largest public health and injury prevention problems. The problem is all the more acute because the victims are overwhelmingly healthy prior to their crashes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a million people are killed on the world’s roads each year.

A report published by the WHO estimated that some 1.2m people were killed and 50m injured in traffic collisions on the roads around the world each year and was the leading cause of death among children 10 – 19 years of age. The report also noted that the problem was most severe in developing countries and that simple prevention measures could halve the number of deaths.

The old road safety paradigm of purely crash risk is a far more complex matter. Contributing factors to highway crashes may be related to the driver (such as driver error, illness or fatigue), the vehicle (brake, steering, or throttle failures) or the road itself (lack of sight distance, poor roadside clear zones, etc.).

Interventions may seek to reduce or compensate for these factors, or reduce the severity of crashes that do occur. A comprehensive outline of interventions areas can be seen in Management systems for road safety.

The program by the staff of Motorway Police M1 sector propagated the theme that attitudinal change was the most important thing for bringing about a lasting transformation in driver mentality.

If the driver regarded his or her own and that of other commuters’ safety in mind before and while undertaking a journey, then the chances of a mishap plummeted drastically. This did not only minimize drivers’ error but also made the driver keep the vehicle in fit condition and adopt a driving method which reduced accidents from environmental and engineering anomalies.

In his address Sector Commander M-1, SSP Muhammad Tahir, besides adding some road safety tips, said that the prime objective of NH&MP was to educate road users to create awareness for safe travel and the same was the reason for their program at Islamia College.

He requested the students to be their ambassadors for propagating the call for careful driving and
safe travel and to help the motorway police in their endeavour to achieve “Road Safety for all.”