The Youth Task Force (YTF) is embarking on a series of programmes to mark the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 as declared by the UN.
S. Suresh of YTF said that road accident injuries remain among the three leading causes of death for people in the age group of 4 and 44 years. The resulting injuries cost an estimated $ 518 billion globally apart from costing Governments between one per cent and three per cent of their gross national product.
Accidents are predicted to become the fifth leading global cause of death by 2030 unless immediate action is taken. In some region, road deaths are already the leading cause of death (between 15 and 44 years of age) and second most important cause of death for the 5 to 14 year old age group.
Magnitude of the problem is each year nearly 1.3 million people die, more than 3,000 deaths each day, 20 to 50 million disabilities and 90 per cent of road accident deaths occur in low and middle income countries.
The third Sunday of November every year is being observed as the World Day of Remembrance for road accident victims. Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, it is a special day to acknowledge the victims of road traffic crashes and their families.
On November 21, the YTF has planned for an event where in all concerned in road accidents will assemble at Sarvajana Higher Secondary School, Avanashi Road, Peelamedu from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to pay floral tributes to the road crash victims. The event is lead by City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu.
S. Suresh – President of YTF will hand over a book titled “Tsunami on roads, wake up India” written by Dr. Sanjay Kulshetra to Mr. Sylendra Babu.
Emergency ID card
As part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, YTF in association with Road Safety Resource Centre is introducing an Emergency ID card to help road users when they meet with a road accident.
The 24x7 call centre will then inform the entire family network and medical network to help the situation of a victim immediately.
India's first book that had covered various aspects of vehicle and road usage titled “Traffic Signs and Science” is being released within a month for educating the next generation road users. The State's first road safety education centre will also be opened for every road user to understand the need for spending a minute to learn fundamentals. Road crash victims will be given self-employment opportunities. For more details interested persons could visit www.roadsafetyresourcecenter.com or could call 99411-76070.