FIA #3500Lives Road Safety Campaign

The Bahamas Motor Sports Association supports the FIA Action for Road Safety Campaign to save #3500Lives.


Every day, more than 3,500 people are killed on the world’s roads. Young people are particularly affected as road crashes are the number one cause of death of 5 to 29 year olds.

This is an alarming trend, a plague that needs to be stopped, a human, economic and social cost which has become unacceptable. The FIA is on the front line in tackling this challenge, together with its 245 Member Organisations around the world.

Everyone has a role to play in making roads safer for all. Supported by number one outdoor advertising company JCDecaux, the #3500LIVES Campaign outlines Golden Rules that can help save your life and the lives of others. We also encourage you to sign up to the FIA Manifesto for Global Road Safety which calls on all governments to prioritise road safety and introduce effective legislation on key risk factors on the road.


Sign the manifesto at https://www.fia.com/3500lives

The #3500Lives Golden Rules

1. Slow down for kids

Slow down in high risk areas and school zones.


Pay attention while driving.


SPEED IS ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSES OF FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC CRASHES



2. Obey the Speed Limit


Slow down in high risk areas and school zones.


Keep a safe distance from other road users.


A 5% REDUCTION IN AVERAGE SPEED CAN RESULT IN A 30% DECREASE IN FATAL CRASHES



3. Use a Child Safety Seat


Ensure children are restrained correctly


Choose a safety seat based on a child's height or weight.


CHILD SAFETY SEATS CAN REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF A FATAL CRASH BY UP TO 70% FOR INFANTS





4. Check your Tyres


To stay safe, maintain the correct tyre pressures


Check tyre wear and tread depth


IF YOU DRIVE WITH DAMAGED OR WORN TYRES, YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR OWN LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS AT RISK.



5. Buckle Up


Wear your seatbelt correctly

Ensure all passengers wear seatbelts


WEARING SEATBELTS REDUCES THE RISK OF DEATH FOR DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS BY 45-50%






6. Don't Text and Drive


Drivers are 4 X more likely to crash whilst on the phone.


Keep both hands on the wheel.


Stay focused on the road.


A SPLIT SECOND LAPSE IN CONCENTRATION CAN RESULT IN A FATAL CRASH.




7. Never Drink and Drive


Get a taxi or public transport


Look out for friends who may be drinking


ALCOHOL IS ESTIMATED TO BE A CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR IN

1 IN 3 FATAL COLLISIONS





8. Always Pay Attention


When driving, always keep your eyes on the road


As a pedestrian, stay focused and look before crossing


PEDESTRIANS, CYCLISTS AND MOTORCYCLISTS MAKE UP 49% OF ALL ROAD TRAFFIC DEATHS



9. Stay Bright


Be seen - be safe.


Wear reflective clothing.

Check your lights.


PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE IN TRAFFIC. PEDESTRIANS MAKE UP 22% OF ROAD TRAFFIC DEATHS




10. Wear a Helmet


Ensure your helmet is the right size.


Provide helmets for passengers.


ENFORCEMENT OF MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAWS CAN REDUCE HEAD INJURIES. WEARING A HELMET CORRECTLY CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF DEATH BY 40%




11. Stop when You're Tired


Take frequent breaks.


If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop.


TIREDNESS RELATED COLLISIONS ARE 3X MORE LIKELY TO BE FATAL





12. Check Your Vision


Check your vision regularly.


Wear appropriate glasses on the road.


VISION IS CRITICAL TO THE DECISIONS ROAD USERS MAKE. UNCORRECTED POOR VISION MEANS 1 IN 5 DRIVERS ARE UNABLE TO SEE THE ROAD CLEARLY




13. Watch out for Pedestrians


Slow down in urban areas.

Stop for pedestrians.


SLOW DOWN IN URBAN AREAS AND ALWAYS WATCH OUT FOR PEDESTRIANS, WHETHER THEY ARE USING PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS OR NOT.





14. Watch out for Kids


Watch out for kids playing by the road.


Slow down in school zones and high risk areas.


MORE THAN 3000 CHILDREN ARE KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED ON THE WORLD'S ROADS DAILY, OFTEN ON THEIR JOURNEY TO SCHOOL




MAKE ROAD SAFETY A PRIORITY

Sign the manifesto at https://www.fia.com/3500lives


#3500Lives #RoadSafety