At the American Red Cross, we focus quite a bit on preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies that can occur in our homes or workplaces, as we should. Recently, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has implemented a campaign to remind all of us of another frequent emergency location – the roads.
The IFRC reports that road-related emergencies kill about 3,000 people a day; that is equal to one person every two minutes. We have the power of prevention in our hands. The IFRC has published a commitment card for those of us on the road to read and take to heart. Here is a list of the road safety commitments they want us to make:
- Use a seatbelt
- Wear a helmet on a motorcycle
- Drive at a safe speed and distance suitable for the conditions
- Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Don’t use a mobile phone while driving
- Be visible as a pedestrian or cyclist
- Know and respect the highway code
- Maintain vehicle in a good condition
- Be licensed and trained for the vehicle you drive
- Know how to react in case of a crash
What can you do to prevent emergencies on the road? Read the IFRC’s report, check out the National Road Safety Foundation, or find a way to get involved in the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Teen Driver Safety Week next year (road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 worldwide).
And drive safely.