The General Directorate of Traffic led the commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims this week at their auditorium, joined by representatives from the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Qatar Transportation, and the Traffic Safety Centre at Qatar University.

Traffic Safety eventAccording to Major General Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, Director General of Traffic and Vice Chairman of the NTSC, the danger caused by road mishaps led the United Nations to adopt a collective international action aimed at reducing accidents, under the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The plan calls for specific measures and procedures, to make the roads safer and more secure. The UN General Assembly also called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to monitor the progress of the plan through a series of global road safety reports. Al Kharji said that more efforts are being exerted to reduce the numbers deaths and injuries caused by road accidents to half by 2020.

On this occasion, we must remember the millions of victims of road accidents in the world and the suffering of their families and friends, in addition to the great loss of economic resources incurred to treat injuries resulting from these accidents.’

Al Kharji also took note of the efforts made by rescue personnels – police, ambulance, civil defence, and others – who lost their lives to prevent and intervene in such incidents.

WHO figures indicate that nearly five million people could be saved from road accidents, from 2011 to 2020, by taking the necessary steps to improve road safety and provide the necessary programmes. The number of road deaths is estimated at about 3,400 deaths a day: over 1.25 million people a year worldwide. Non-fatal injuries range from 20 to 50 million a year. Based on these statistics, traffic accidents remain the main cause of death for people aged between 15 and 29 years.

On the sidelines of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims, an awareness exhibition was also opened at the General Directorate of Traffic, participated by various agencies concerned with traffic safety.

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