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Summer 2009 | Vol. 12 | No. 2
Adminstration Support Urged for International Safety Event
Norman Y. Mineta, North American Chairman of the Make Roads Safe Campaign and the United States Member of the International Commission for Global Road Safety, along with 10 other organizations, including AAA, SADD, GHSA and the FIA Foundation, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to support the first Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety and assure a high-level of U.S. involvement at the event.
The Commission for Global Road Safety, which is involved in planning the November meeting in Moscow, released a report for the event entitled Decade of Action for Road Safety. This plan, to be launched in 2010, aims to cut the forecasted level of road deaths in 2020 by 50 percent, which means saving 5 million preventable deaths and keeping 50 million people from being seriously injured in car crashes. The Plan would save $3 trillion worldwide while employing solutions such as increasing seat belt use and helmet use, reducing drunk driving and speeding, and investing in safer roads and vehicles.
According to signers of the letter, high-level support of this conference would not only be a demonstration of U.S. leadership and diplomacy on an international issue, but also would be a huge step forward for increasing road safety.