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Schumacher calls for action on road safety 23 Apr 2007

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari. FIA Gala Prize Giving Ceremony, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 8 December 2006. © FIA.

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has joined the FIA, Formula One racing's governing body, in calling for a global policy on road safety. Schumacher endorsed the FIA's ‘Make Roads Safe’ campaign in London on Monday, as the UN's inaugural Global Road Safety Week got underway.

“Road crashes kill on the scale of malaria or tuberculosis, yet the international community has not woken up to this horrific waste of life,” said Schumacher. “That is why I strongly support the Make Roads Safe campaign and the proposal that the United Nations organise a first ever UN ministerial conference to tackle this preventable loss of life.”

The FIA’s ‘Make Roads Safe’ petition aims to persuade the UN to devise an international strategy for road injury prevention. The campaign hopes to secure at least 1.2 million signatures - the number of people killed on roads each year - by November, which is the month the UN plans to debate road safety.

“Road deaths are an ongoing tragedy that must be addressed,” added FIA president Max Mosley. “This is why the FIA has given its full support to the first UN Global Road Safety Week, a campaign which will initiate numerous road safety activities around the world. We must take strong action to deal with the growing epidemic of road deaths worldwide.”

With over 1,000 under 25 year-olds killed on roads each year, the week's events will focus predominantly on raising awareness amongst the younger generation.