3M has pledged support as a founding donor to a newly established United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. The company committed $US250,000 to the UN Road Safety Trust Fund which aims to accelerate progress in improving global road safety by bridging the gaps in the mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels.
“With 3M’s nearly 80-year history of contributing to safer roads, we know that it takes all stakeholders working together to address issues surrounding transportation and mobility, and to drive real and lasting improvement,” said John Riccardi, vice president, 3M Transportation Safety Division. “Together, with the combined and collaborative efforts of government agencies, safety associations and advocacy groups around the world, we strive to reduce traffic fatalities globally and help save lives.”
According to the World Health Organization, about 1.3 million people die globally each year as a result of road traffic crashes, and another 50 million people are injured on the world’s roads. A disproportionate 93% of all road fatalities occur in low and middle-income countries, which have only slightly more than half of the world’s vehicles. As the world’s population grows, particularly in emerging economies, challenges like road safety and mobility must be addressed to ensure people across the globe can lead safe, healthy, and prosperous lives.
The Fund will support concrete actions aligned with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety:
- Strengthened road safety management capacities
- Improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks
- Enhanced safety of vehicles
- Improved behaviour of road users
- Improved post-crash care
By working with leading global organizations, including the United Nations, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, and the International Road Federation, 3M hopes to improve road safety and realize zero fatalities through the deployment of advanced technologies.
This article courtesy of Russell Thrall III, publisher CollisionWeek. Check out their website at: CollisionWeek.