Azerbaijan, Baku, May 17 / Trend, E.Mehdiyev /
Road accidents kill nearly 1.3 million people every year. They leave millions more injured or permanently disabled, placing a heavy economic burden on families and countries, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day marked on May 17.
"I welcome the focus on road safety for this year's World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. Information and communication technologies provide many options.
The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety from 2011 to 2020 is dedicated to helping to make roads and vehicles safer worldwide," Ban Ki-moon said.
Ban Ki-moon believes that 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. I commend the International Telecommunication Union for its work with industry to develop ICT standards and for collaborating with the International Automobile Federation to create awareness on road safety. Let us make the best of technology to dramatically reduce traffic fatalities. This can save millions of lives," he said.