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Charity backs road safety campaign

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A leading safety charity has unveiled its strong support for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, a campaign aimed at reducing the number of road accidents over the next 10 years.

Announcing its support for the action plan, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) stated: "Over the next 10 years RoSPA will help educate road users, train motorcyclists and drivers, help organisations manage their road risk and work with partners to improve road safety in the UK and around the world."

The move to improve road safety could also help reduce car insurance costs.

Figures from the UN have shown that someone dies or is seriously injured on the world's roads every six seconds. This equates to 1.3 million deaths every year (3,000 each day) and 20-50 million serious injuries.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA's head of road safety, said: "The Decade of Action highlights the need for national targets and strong government leadership on road safety.

"Here in the UK we have seen death and injury on our roads reduce significantly because we've had national strategies and targets led by successive governments, and supported by many different agencies such as local authorities, police, road user groups and charities like RoSPA all working towards the same goals.

"Road deaths are set to become the fifth leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. If measures are taken by governments, police, health practitioners and all road users to improve safety, this can be prevented."

© Press Association 2011