The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety Supports Pedestrian Safety Week
Set for May 6-12, 2013
VIENNA, Va. -- April 9, 2013
Traffic-related fatalities each year exceed 1.2 million worldwide and
vulnerable road users—pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists—account for
50% of the total. Traffic-related injuries and fatalities represent the ninth
leading cause of death or injury worldwide. Left unchecked, the expected
doubling of vehicles globally will make traffic-related deaths and injuries
the fifth leading cause by 2030. Significant, intentional and effective
intervention by the public, private and civil society sectors is needed to
slow the pace of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
In response to the risks to pedestrians worldwide, the World Health
Organization has designated May 6-12 as Global Road Safety Week, focused on
pedestrian safety. NETS supports this campaign and encourages all employers to
participate in promoting pedestrian safety to employees, employees’ families
and within the communities where the employees live and work.
“We are all pedestrians. When you think about it, every trip begins and ends
on foot whether we drive, cycle or walk to our destinations,” said Sandra Lee,
Director, Worldwide Fleet Safety, for Johnson & Johnson and NETS Chairperson.
“There is no single measure to adequately address the range of risks to
pedestrians across various settings. However, we can all play a role day to
day. For example, Driving at safe speeds when we’re the driver or staying
focused on our environment and increasing our visibility to others when we’re
on foot are concrete actions that we can take to promote pedestrian safety.
It’s my hope that all employers recognize the importance of pedestrian safety
and participate in Global Road Safety Week.”
Visit the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration’s website for more
information from the World Health Organization on Global Road Safety Week and
for a tool kit for engaging employees, employees’ families and the communities
where the employees live and work.
NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal
government and the private sector. The Board of Directors members include
Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The
Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto
Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum
Company and UPS, as well as federal liaisons from the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety of employees,
their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by
preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job. For more information
on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Hanley, 314-680-3293
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