50 years on, sometimes still ‘unsafe at any speed’

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Fifty years ago today, it could be argued, modern road safety advocacy was born. The publication of Ralph Nader’s ‘Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-in Dangers of the American Automobile’ on 30th November 1965 sparked political and media interest in system failures in US car design and increased awareness of the more than 40,000 people being killed every year in road crashes in the United States, contributing to a process that led to Senate hearings and, in September 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signing into law the National Traffic & Motor Safety Act, establishing the US Department of Transportation and eventually leading to the setting up, in 1970, of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Brasilia Declaration sets ‘manifesto for change’ to meet Global Goals

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More than 70 ministerial-level government delegations and 2000 multi-sectoral participants meeting at the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety have agreed the 'Brasilia Declaration' to "intensify both national action and international cooperation" to meet the road safety targets included in the Sustainable Development Goals. Hosting the conference, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil said: "In five years, I hope we can reflect on the Decade of Action for Road Safety in a positive light and build on the success into the next decade".

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News from November 2015