The 2020 Action Agenda for #SaveKidsLives is targeting five key priorities. The aim is for governments the world over to commit to cutting the number of traffic accident fatalities by 2020. According to the organization, more than a million people have already signed the ‘Child Declaration for Road Safety’. The initiative aims to make an urgent call for action in order to achieve the established goal, with measures being adopted to save lives and secure the target of halving the number of road fatalities.
#SaveKidsLives is an official campaign coordinated by the Road Safety Collaboration Group of the UNO (United Nations Organization), in which Fundación MAPFRE is taking part. It was launched 6 months before the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in May 2015. The campaign makes an urgent call for action to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries by 2020, with the specific target being to halve road deaths by said year.
A campaign has been launched calling on leaders to take action and accept the challenge: www.savekidslives2020.org.
The 2020 Action Agenda represents the next step in the 2011-2020 Child Declaration, as part of the #SaveKidsLives campaign. It is based on the Global Plan for the 2011-2020 Road Safety Decade of Action and the Brasilia Declaration, signed by governments all over the world.
FIVE 2020 ACTION AGENDA PRIORITIES
- A safe journey to school for every child: Every child deserves a safe journey to school. To make this possible, vehicle and road safety standards must be enhanced, while traffic speeds on roads close to schools must be restricted. Many children around the world still have to walk to school through busy highways. There are no footpaths, visibility is poor and there are no police patrols to help them. According to the organization, more than 500 children don't make it to school and are killed on the road every single day, all across the world.
- Safe school transport, including seatbelts on all school buses: Many children across the world travel on school buses and other forms of transport every day. However, many such vehicles are not fitted with seatbelts, meaning children ride to school without this key safety device. The aim is to ensure that all children can go to school using buses and coaches fitted with seatbelts.
- Motorcycle helmets for all children: Motorcycles and scooters are often the main family transport, particularly in developing countries, where there are more motorcycles than there are cars. Wearing a helmet has been proven to drastically decrease the likelihood of death and injury in the event of an accident. We recommend our article: ‘Riding with children on motorcycles: rules and restrictions'.
- Vehicles safe for children and action to promote child restraints: We know just how important it is that children ride in child restraint systems, from birth and until they are big enough to use seatbelts in optimal conditions. Regulations therefore need to be introduced, while restrain systems must be suitable for the size and weight of the child, adapting the same to each stage of development. You can find tips on how to choose 'The safest child seat'.
- Enforcement and action against drink-driving: Around 20% of drivers who die on the road have excess alcohol in their blood, while in some low- and middle-income countries these figures may be up to 69%, according to the organization. It is therefore calling for effective programs to combat drinking and driving. This will drive down the number of deaths and injuries on the road caused by traffic accidents.