UK Prime Minister David Cameron speaks in support of Decade of Action for Road Safety

"Every six seconds someone is killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads. We simply cannot go on like this," said Prime Minister David Cameron in a video statement marking the global launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

While UK roads are among the safest in the world, road crashes are still the leading cause of death for British teenagers and young adults with the loss of six or seven people in road crashes every single day.

The Prime Minister pointed out that it is in the emerging economies of the world, where ninety per cent of road injuries occur, and more than a million people are killed each year, that the scale of road death is most alarming.

"The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety is a vital opportunity to implement the policies that can make road traffic safer and more sustainable, and protect future generations. Together, we can save millions of lives," the Prime Minister said.