In preparation for the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, 2017 (8–14 May), the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety has announced the winners of its photo contest promoting the theme of the week: Save Lives—#SlowDown.
There were three categories in the contest: Speed Management, #SlowDown, and NGOs at Work (for photos showcasing road safety projects).
Speed is a major cause of many of the 1.2 million deaths and injuries on roads globally. During UN Global Road Safety Week, Alliance member NGOs are coordinating activities to raise awareness about the importance of drivers slowing down and the need for governments to mandate measures to combat speed, including lower speed limits, infrastructure that stops speeding (such as speed bumps), and speed-limit enforcement.
Pictures are an effective tool for NGOs. The winners’ photos were chosen because they demonstrate a powerful perspective on the importance of reducing speed. The winners are featured below:
Road Safety Pioneers, Iran, for a close-up photo of a speed bump. Interventions such as speed bumps are simple, cheap and effective in reducing speed and preventing collisions.
The Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA), Ireland, for their photo of an event attended by the emergency services, Irish Road Safety Authority, and students. The theme was “Who will take you home tonight? Taxi, police, ambulance or undertaker?”
Zavod VOZIM, Slovenia, for a group photo taken after a preventative road safety workshop entitled “I still drive—but I cannot walk.” The photo showed students of Biotehniška šola Maribor High School expressing their support for the #SlowDown campaign with their lecturer, Barbara, who was injured in a road crash.
E-Consumer Protection Association, Algeria, for a photo showing children from Algeria holding 30 pins asking authorities to adopt 30 kilometers per hour as the speed limit around schools.
AIP Foundation, Vietnam, for a photo showing a teacher leading students through a pedestrian safety simulation in Ho Chi Minh City.