Road safety in Singapore is a serious topic. Authorities are doing their best to improve the high-way system in the country to lessen all potential road hazards. The intensity of the government’s actions is in accordance with the global clamour to create safer roads. Despite these activities, many people still consider road rules as mediocre topics. To provide information on the gravity of road-related accidents, eight global facts on road safety impact are given.
Rate. Global standards require national road to be abundant of safety signages to remind the motorists of their speed limit and driving attitude. However, records shows that such efforts are lacking since about 1.2 million deaths every year are attributed to road crashes. This means that on a daily basis, 3300 people lost their lives to road-related accidents and this does not include the road-related injuries which are about 50 million per year.
Global occurrence. Worldwide data have shown that more than 85% of all road casualties happened in low to middle income countries. Experts argue that this event is very ironic since these nations own only about 40 percent of the total vehicles in the world. Consequently, this means that more efforts must be given to the aforementioned nations.
Juvenile victims. More alarming data show that about five hundred children everyday become victims of road crashes. Most of these children are innocent pedestrians who happened to be crossing the street when reckless drivers hit them. To protect the country from incurring the same fate, bolder campaigns on safety signage singapore are needed.
Worldwide trends. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that based on current trends, road-related accidents will be the third most common cause of juvenile deaths on a global scale. If highway concerns are not attended properly, it is also expected that current casualties due to road accidents will double next year.
Under-representation of data. Although the gravity of the data mentioned above is already disturbing, experts say that the collated data are largely under-representation of the actual number of highway accidents. Evidence has shown that not all accidents and casualties are reported to the police in some areas of the world. Consequently, police must be more aggressive in documenting and reporting all minor and major accidents that happen in their area.
Road crashes vs. AIDS and Malaria. In Africa, records from WHO have shown that in 1998, more children have lost their lives from road crashes than from HIV/AIDS. In accordance to this, more Africans aged 15 to 44 are killed by road crashed than by malaria. These data attest to the alarming need to improve road networks in the African continents.
Hospitalization costs. Global expenditure attributed to road-related accidents in 2005 ranged from $64.5 billion to $100 billion. This amount is spent on hospital admissions, medications and rehabilitation of injuries.
Road investment dilemma. Experts argue that the expansion of road networks and the widening of existing highways will only result to more accidents and deaths unless a more proactive road safety plan in devised for all nations to use.
Road safety is the responsibility of all nations. The data presented here will provide awareness to all citizens of the world.