Secretary-General highlights role of technology in road safetyListen /
Technology can play a part in reducing road traffic deaths, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Mr. Ban reports nearly 1.3 million people die each year in road accidents, while millions more are injured or permanently disabled.
Road safety is the focus of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, observed on 17 May.
In a message marking the day, Mr. Ban lists examples of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help make roads and vehicles safer.
"Intelligent Transport Systems and navigation devices can help reduce congestion. Radars can help to prevent collisions with other road users – including pedestrians. Hands-free communications mean less accidents, especially among young people who account for more than half of road deaths."
The Secretary-General also commended the International Telecommunication Union for its work in creating awareness on road safety.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.