Automakers are providing safety belts worldwide.
For all the safety technology available, safety belts are the most effective safety tools ever implemented. Making them universally standard is critical now in order to prevent potential increases in traffic fatalities, as developing countries increase auto use 18 percent annually. In 2006, 17 automakers joined together to commit to advancing safety belts worldwide.
Safety belts must be buckled to save lives.
The most significant and immediate opportunities to reduce injuries are through changes to driver behavior – especially buckling safety belts. Automakers have committed to various initiatives to support safety belt use, including working with governments to encourage the adoption of and effective enforcement of laws requiring safety belt usage.
Road safety is a shared responsibility.
Automakers are strongly committed to being part of the solution, and other stakeholders have an extremely important share in road safety. Road safety is built on three pillars: the vehicle, the road user and the infrastructure. Overall, about 95 percent of road accidents can be attributed to driver behavior. Traffic rules must be established and obeyed by the general public, following education and enforcement campaigns. Road construction and maintenance must follow the best international practice. Only through a combination of efforts by all parties involved can road safety be further improved and mobility remain sustainable.