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How-To-SAFETY Joins Safe Kids Global Road Safety Summit Kickoff

posted Dec 30, 2014, 7:05 PM by Alina L   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 12:41 PM ]

How-to-SAFETY takes part in Safe Kids Global Road Safety Summit in Washington D.C., the kickoff for Safe Kids Worldwide’s Safe Roads | Safe Kids campaign to significantly raise the issue of global road safety on the international agenda and reduce child morbidity and mortality resulting from traffic collisions around the world. The campaign is aligned with the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety. An early focus of the campaign and the Summit concentrates on planning for meaningful events around the world in conjunction with the third annual UN Global Road Safety Week to be held May 4-10, 2015.

More than 500 children are killed every day as a result of traffic collisions, and tens of thousands are injured, often suffering lifelong disabilities. By 2015, road traffic injuries will be the leading health burden for children over the age of 5 years in developing countries.  While 88 countries experienced a decrease in the number of road traffic deaths from 2007-2010, 87 others experienced an increase. Thousands of children die each year on their way to and from school. We have an urgent responsibility to do more to respond to this deadly epidemic.

The Summit intends to enhance the awareness of global road safety and to reduce the number of deaths and injuries among children by focusing on action-oriented goals and meaningful outcomes concerning traffic injury prevention. UN Global Road Safety Week, which is a critical part of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety is themed on children, with planned impactful activities and campaign events to be conducted all over the world encouraging more nations to pass tough road safety laws and back them up with strict enforcement. Participants are asked to sign the Child Declaration for Road Safety at, a call to action for the Third UN Global Road Safety Week that urges policymakers to take strong action on this issue.

Safe Kids Global Road Safety Summit addresses key safety topics that specifically affect children, such as pedestrian safety and safe school zones, child passenger safety, and bicycle safety and motorcycle safety. It includes sessions to plan specific action steps to: increase awareness; accelerate advocacy; improve research, data collection, and monitoring and evaluation; and expand programs.

The Safe Roads | Safe Kids campaign draws together partners at all levels in a broad coalition demanding swift progress for children, including international organizations, governments, NGOs, foundations, researchers, the private sector, families and children to fight back against a killer that must be stopped.

About How-To-Safety:

How-To-SAFETY is a New York City based, health and safety education service, specializing in Child Passenger Safety, with car seat fitting locations in Staten Island, NY. How-To-Safety is dedicated to raising awareness of child injury prevention and to caregiver road safety education.  For more information about How-To-Safety, visit

About Safe Kids Worldwide:
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to protect kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost all of these tragedies are preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 500 coalitions in the United States and with partners in 25 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 56 percent. For more information visit


Summit presenters included:

·      Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide

·      Hon. Anthony Foxx, Secretary , U.S. Department of Transportation

·      Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and an advocate for children around the world

·      Jean Todt, president of the Fédération Internationale de l’ Automobile (FIA)

·      Michelle Yeoh, actor and advocate of road safety

·      Pierre Guislain, Senior Director for the Transport and Information & Communications, World Bank

·      Margie Peden, MD, Coordinator, Unintentional Injury Prevention, World Health Organization

·      Floor Lieshout, Director, Youth for Road Safety

·      Ann Amstutz-Hayes, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Scholastic

·      Saul Billingsley, Director General, FIA Foundation

·      Nicholas Alipui, Director and Senior Adviser on the Post-2015, Development Agenda, UNICEF

·      Dan Stoner, Associate Vice President for Education and Child Development, Save the Children USA

·      Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship

·      David Friedman, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

·      LeiLei Duan, MD, Director, Division of Injury Prevention, China CDC

·      Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, MD, Hamad International Training Center

·      David Ward, Secretary-General, Global NCAP

·      Sarah Haverstick, Safety Advocate, Evenflo

·      Evan Burfield, Cofounder, 1776

·      Greg Martin, Executive Director, Global Public Policy, General Motors

·      T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, U.S. Director, FIA Foundation

·      Ann Dellinger, PhD, MPH, Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team Lead, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, CDC

·      Kurt Newman, MD, Children's National Health System

·      Marc Shotten, World Bank

·      Geert van Waeg, International Federation of Pedestrians

·      Gregory S. Clark, MAPFRE

·      Mike Watson, Shell

·      Laurie Walker, Safe Kids Worldwide

·      Greig Craft, Asia Injury Prevention Foundation

·      Kim Wiley-Schwartz, NYC Department of Transportation

·      Shira Kislev, Beterem- Safe Kids Israel

·      David Amirault, Dorel Juvenile Group

·      Lotte Brondrum, Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety

·      Hon. David  L. Stickland, Venable, LLP

·      Eugenia Gonzalez Presto, Fundacion Gonzalo Rodriguez

·      Claudia Adriazola-Steil, EMBARQ

·      Martha Wilcox, Safe kids Worldwide

·      Tom Hundley, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

·      Line Storgaard-Conley, Safe Kids Worldwide

·      Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia