Dominica joins the rest of the world today, May 11, in observance of the launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011 to 2020, declared by the United Nations General Assembly.
This action has been taken in recognition of the fact that deaths and injuries on the world’s roads are increasing and have reached crisis levels.
Each year about 1.3 million people lose their lives due to road traffic crashes and it is projected that this figure could rise to 1.9 million deaths by 2020 without effective action. Indeed, road traffic crashes are the number 1 cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years worldwide.
In Dominica, the Ministry of Health is reporting that for the period 2000 to 2009 motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death among our young people aged 15-24 years and was the second leading cause of death for those aged 25-44 years. The Ministry of Health is currently developing a draft national strategy and plan of action for the Decade of Road Safety with assistance from the Pan American Health Organization and Ross University for presentation to Cabinet. The plan has adapted the plan of action recommended by World Health Organization. This will include: road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users and post crash response.
Activities organized to mark the occasion include an address by His Excellency President Nicholas Liverpool and public awareness items through print and electronic media. The launch of the National strategy and plan of action for the Decade of Road Safety targeting young people is planned for September this year.
The public is advised to pay attention to all traffic rules. Young people in particular are advised to exercise caution on the road and to drive responsibly at all times