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UN Decade of Action for Road Safety Initiative 2011-2020 Cork Launch

On Wednesday May 11th 2011, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Denis O’ Flynn launched the Cork aspect of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety Initiative 2011-2020’. 

The campaign aims to save 5 million lives on the world’s roads in the next ten years. This will represent a 50% reduction in the number of predicted road fatalities by 2020.


  • 1.3 million lives are lost  in road collisions per annum (approximately 3,000 per day);
  •  Road Traffic Collision injuries are the leading cause of death for people aged between 15 and 29 years;
  •   46% of road fatalities worldwide are vulnerable road users i.e., Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

The global plan was developed by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) and stakeholders from around the world and is based on the best evidence of what works given successful experiences from a number of countries. If the global plan is successful then in the period 2011-2020 it could achieve its goal to stabilise and then reduce the forecasted level of road traffic fatalities around the world to save; 

5 million lives;

50 million serious injuries;

€3.5 trillion.

At the launch  Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Denis O’ Flynn said:

" Cork City Council is delighted to be part of this global initiative to promote road safety. Road safety is for everybody, young and old. We must all take responsibility for our actions on the roads and realise that the consequences of our decisions may have a lifetime impact on others. By raising awareness locally as well as globally we can make a difference.  Let’s work together to make our roads safer".

Niamh O’Brien, Road Safety Officer, Cork City Council added:

"Making all road users aware of UN Decade of Action encourages them to think more closely about safe driving and the causes of road traffic collisions and in doing so will prevent the loss of life and serious injuries on our roads by promoting this campaign at a local level”.

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