Almost 20 people die on Malaysian roads everyday.1 Globally, 3,500 people are killed on the world’s roads each day, which is equivalent to eight Boeing 747s falling out of the sky.2 Left unchecked, road crashes will become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030—surpassing heart disease and HIV/AIDS.3 This global epidemic demands our attention.
During this year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Uber reminds you to always buckle up. Reducing road fatalities and serious injuries requires action. This simple but important step can save your life.
Buckling up reduces the risk of death by approximately 50 percent.4 Despite this, it is estimated only 13 percent of all rear seat riders and 77 per cent of front seat passengers in Malaysia wear their seat belts.5 According to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) compliance rates spiked in 2009 on enforcement of the seat belt regulation however, it has steadily declined and remains low.6 Imagine the lives saved if we all changed our habits and remembered to buckle up each and every time.
The car is the second (45 percent) most common mode of transportation in Malaysia.7 In terms of fatal road accidents, car drivers constitute about 24 percent of fatalities.8 The use of seat belts is one of the most effective ways to reduce road accident fatalities for both drivers and passengers.
In Malaysia wearing a seatbelt is mandatory and is also the safe choice. Millions of lives have been saved, simply because people decided to buckle up. If the goal is to get to zero or dramatically reduce road deaths and severe injuries, we all have a role to play. Whenever you get into a vehicle, remember to buckle up.
At Uber we facilitate millions of rides in Malaysia every week and believe that road fatalities are preventable. Here are some additional tips to help you stay safe while riding with Uber.
The third Sunday in November is known as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Each year a new theme is selected and the focus for 2017 is the 2020 target of reducing road fatalities and serious injuries by 50 percent. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #WDoR2017 and keep track of other events happening around the globe with this interactive tool.