Road traffic crashes (commonly RTA – road traffic accidents) kill nearly 1.3 million people every year and injure or disable as many as 50 million more. They are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15–29 years.
In October 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which calls for governments to mark the third Sunday in November each year as “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims”. The day was created as a means to give recognition to victims of road traffic crashes and the plight of their relatives who must cope with the emotional and practical consequences of these tragic events.
First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan encourages our young generation and respected parents to support safe driving behavior and through education and training before any young child get access to any type of motor like bike or car. They should also adopt correct behavior to ensure occupants (passenger, children and/or infants) safety and must have proper restraints for them too.
Road traffic crashes are among the world’s largest public health issues:
- Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for people ages 15-45 worldwide, resulting in 1.3 million deaths per year.
Road traffic crashes are robbing communities and developing countries of their future – the young generation:
- Globally, more than 40% of all road traffic deaths occur among the 0 to 25 age group; &
- 85% of traffic fatalities and 96% of child traffic fatalities occur in low- or middle-income countries.
Road traffic crashes place extreme financial strain on developing economies:
- For many low- and middle-income countries, the cost of road crashes represents between 1-2% of GNP (GDP);
- In some cases exceeds the total amount they receive in international development aid; &
- Many road traffic crash victims are the primary income generators for their family. The injury or death of these victims negatively impact the standard of living for their entire family.
Road traffic crashes are predictable and can be prevented
People who survive the initial crash frequently suffer brain damage that impedes their ability to continue as an income generator for their families, and in fact may require a lifetime of personal care that can drain resources from already impoverished families. Helmet use makes a difference. Appropriate helmet use reduces the risk of fatality by an average of 42% and of severe head injury by 69%.
A recent case study of motorcycle accidents from Los Angeles and Thailand similarly found that that un-helmeted riders were two to three times as likely to be killed and three times as likely to suffer a ‘disastrous outcome’. Of survivable crashes, universal helmet use would have prevented about 80% of fatalities and brain injuries.
The goal of training programs offered by First Aid to Save a Life Pakistan is to help you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to manage a medical emergency until more advanced help i s available.
Emergency First Aid does not require you to make complex decision or have in-depth medical knowledge. It’s easy to learn, remember, and perform.
Being volunteer is very good and our social and ethical responsibility to help victims and provide first aid (if trained to do so) but have to remain extremely careful if you are providing first aid on or near a roadway. Each year, many people are struck and killed by motor vehicles while providing assistance.
On this World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, let us mobilize all possible contributions; knowledge and experience; to improving road safety. Let us honour those who have lost their lives on the world’s roads by acting to save the lives of others.
To Your Health & Safety,
Faisal Javed Mir