In the lead-up to the Second UN Global Road Safety Week, UNO Baku joined students and educators, as well as parents, of secondary school №46 in Baku to boost community involvement in road safety promotion.
This awareness-raising session was organized in close cooperation with the Traffic Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 25 April, and was also an opportunity to praise the youngest students for their exceptional knowledge of traffic rules and signs and to encourage them to be good messengers and share their knowledge with others.
“We are very grateful to the UNDPI Representative, Ms. Envera Selimovic, who continuously supports our year-long activities, and we are very much looking forward to teaming up with the DPI for the upcoming Second UN Global Road Safety Week", said Vagif Asadov, a spokesperson of the State Traffic Police.
Although the number of traffic accidents in Azerbaijan has been decreasing, still more than 1000 people died last year in road accidents; among death by road user category, pedestrians make up 36 percent of fatalities, according to the 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety.
The Second UN Global Road Safety Week will be held 6-12 May 2013 and is dedicated to pedestrian safety. Requested by the UN General Assembly, the Week will draw attention to the urgent need of better protection for pedestrians worldwide, generating action on the measures needed to do so.
“We are also using these UN-led promotions of road safety to exchange experience and knowledge on what has been successful around the world, with the hope of applying this so-called proactive approach in our country,” added Asadov.
“Today I also learned very useful safety tips for traffic and the event once more inspired me to be good role model for my child,” added Malahat Bayramova, a teacher and a mother of two schoolchildren. “I am thankful to the organizers of this session and hope that this campaign will reach as many parents and children as possible,” she added.