One of AstaZero´s primary objectives is to strive to meet Vision Zero, since traffic and road use is a major and increasing cause of fatalities around the world.
Every year some 1.3 million people die as a result of road traffic accidents. In addition, about 20 to 50 million people sustain non-fatal injuries. More than half of the casualties are pedestrians, cyclists or other road users, not travelling in a car. If no action is taken to address the current crisis, global road traffic fatalities are forecast to double by 2030, becoming the fifth leading cause of death.
In addition to human suffering, this would also put an extreme burden on society. A burden we can ill afford, neither financially nor in the context of our health care systems.
Due to this risk, the UN General Assembly proclaimed “A Decade of Action for Road Safety” in 2010. The goal of the Decade is to save lives, challenging the countries of the world to increase their own national, and global, road safety work to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries worldwide.
The EU has also set ambitious goals for road safety. According to the 2011-2020” (EU893) policy the objective is that member countries must together have reduced the number of road accidents by 50 per cent by the year 2020. Active safety, as well as test facilities where new techniques can be tested, will play a part in the contribution of making this vision reality.
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