Global Week of Road Safety, UN and Vodafone Albania call on citizens to make walking safe
United Nations, Vodafone Albania, the Albanian State Police and Tirana Education Department marked today the Global Road Safety Week with a public call to make walking safe.
Road traffic injuries are a national public health and development problem in Albania . The most recent statistics released by the Albanian State Police for the year 2012 illustrate the scale of the problem. Last year there were 1870 road traffic accidents in total, 334 people lost their lives; 481 people suffered serious injuries and 1754 people suffered light injuries.
During 2012, a high number of accidents were caused by the imprudence and violation of traffic rules from the pedestrians.
Globally each year, nearly 1.3 million people die, and as many as 50 million are injured, in road traffic accidents. More than a quarter million killed are pedestrians.
That is why the theme of this year’s Global Road Safety Week is “Make Walking Safe”. More than 60 school pupils of „Konferenca e Pezes“ School, have been trained on rules of the road for pedestians and drivers. In cooperation with the Albanian State Police they will be placed in several crossing points in Tirana where they will be guidying pedestrians on how to cross the roads safely. The key crossing points will be Sheshi “Skenderbej”; Bulevardi “Deshmoret e Kombit” (ura e Lanes); 21 Dhjetori, Zogu i Zi dhe Farmacia 10. Students will be wearing T-shirts with the campaing Logo “I am a pedestrian - I have priority“. Besides a mural will also be placed on the Scanderbeg Square where the public can leave a message on road safety and call on drivers to respect pedestrians.
The Second UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2013) is dedicated to pedestrian safety. Requested by the UN General Assembly, the Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, generate action on the measures needed to do so, and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
UNDP Communications Manager