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08 May 2017

FIA Supports the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week

<p><strong><span>The fourth UN Global Road Safety week is set to take place from 8–14 May 2017. This year the focus will be on speed management and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.</span></strong></p>
<p>The FIA and its member Clubs around the world are supporting the worldwide #SlowDown campaign: <a href="https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home">www.unroadsafetyweek.org</a>. In total, 42 Clubs will receive funding to implement road safety projects for the Week via the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme, which is supported by the FIA Foundation.</p>
<p>FIA President Jean Todt, who also serves as UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, said: « We know that speed is one of the main risk factors for road traffic fatalities. The result is devastation for the families and loved ones involved. So always respect the speed limit and slow down.»</p>
<p>Olympic Sprinter Yohan Blake, an Ambassador for the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety &amp; ‘3500 Lives’ campaign, who will participate in a road safety event to be held in Jamaica with local authorities on 10 May, said: “Too many lives have been lost because of speeding. If you are going somewhere and you are late, you are already late. Drive within the speed limit and remember that speeding kills”.</p>
<p>To mark the start of the week, the FIA also releases today a new video on speeding which has been recorded with 13-time winner of the Dakar Rally, Stéphane Peterhansel, who recently lost his license due to a speeding offence. The exclusive video can be viewed below:</p>
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<p>The UN Global Road Safety week is an initiative of the UN Road Safety Collaboration, an informal consultative mechanism that facilitates international cooperation and strengthens global and regional coordination among UN agencies and the main organisations involved in road safety. Previous Global Road Safety weeks have focussed on child safety (2015), pedestrian road safety (2013) and the launch of the Decade of Action (2011).</p>
<p>New Golden Rule: The FIA also announces today that it will work with its member Clubs to encourage all road users to check their vision before driving and will include this message as part of the FIA’s “Golden Rules” for road safety. Further initiatives to support the promotion of the ‘Check your Vision’ message are planned in the coming months.</p>
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To learn more about the fourth UN Global Road Safety Week: please visit the official website at <a href="https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home">www.unroadsafetyweek.org</a></p>
<p>To learn more about the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme, <a href="http://www.roadsafety.fia-grants.com/">please click here</a>.</p>
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