First UN Global Road Safety Week to take place April 23-29

The First UN Global Road Safety Week will be held April 23-29, 2007. A collaborative effort between the United Nations and the World Health Organization, the Week is themed "young road users" to reflect that young people make up one of the largest groups at risk for death, injury and disability on the road.

It is the mission of First UN Global Road Safety Week that road users of all ages, including pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers, will benefit from local, national and international events taking place worldwide during the week. The events also aim to promote action surrounding key factors which have a major impact on preventing road traffic injuries such as helmets, seat belts, drunk driving, speeding and infrastructure.

"We are pleased that the importance of highway safety is a global issue, worthy of global attention. Our extensive work into the study of the safety of young road users is ongoing as we work to the same goals as Global Road Safety Week," said David Harkey, director of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC).

HSRC oversees two programs that target this particular demographic. The Center for the Study of Young Drivers was established to focus on developing a fundamental understanding of the multitude of factors that contribute to the high crash rate among young drivers. Additionally, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Bonchak at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center at 919-843-4859.

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