The global road traffic injury epidemic kills 3,700 people every day. Many thousands more are seriously injured. Our societies have been persuaded to accept ‘death by car’. We challenge this. The FIA Foundation supports the ‘Vision Zero’ approach which seeks to redesign transportation to put people first; to engineer and manage highways, streets and vehicles within a ‘Safe System’ where no death or serious injury is accepted. Our funding programme and our advocacy supports this vision.
Road traffic injury remains a neglected global health issue, underfunded and lacking serious political commitment in too many countries and international institutions. There is a tendency to see road crashes as a consequence of human behaviour, rather than a failure of systems management. This victim blaming lets our political leaders and the systems designers – car makers, road engineers – avoid their responsibilities. Our road system can and must be designed to be safe for all.