Youth activists share their inspiring road safety stories - Safe Kids Summit

Youth activists share their inspiring road safety stories - Safe Kids Summit

The Safe Roads | Safe Kids Summit is a biennial event designed to significantly enhance the visibility of global road safety on the international agenda and to reduce the number of deaths and injuries among children. The Summit offers stakeholders at all levels the opportunity to work together in a manner that is action-oriented and focused on meaningful outcomes, including international organizations, governments, corporations, foundations, researchers, non-governmental organizations, health care workers, first responders, law enforcement, families and children.

The 2016 Safe Roads | Safe Kids Summit helped build momentum for urgently-needed progress on road safety for children worldwide. The Summit focused on rapid implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) as they apply to road safety for children.

The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB USA) shared her session, which focused on American youth road safety activists.

 

"Through personal stories, including some harrowing accounts of road crashes, the youth took on themselves to take real action for road safety"


Hon. Dinh-Zarr hosted the panel session, placing a spotlight on how young people, the biggest affected group in terms of road traffic deaths -  can turn personal tragedy into positive action for the cause.

The panel session was streamed on Facebook Live and is available to view in its entirety below:

 

member dinh zarr144x180About Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, Vice Chairman
T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, took the oath of office as the 42nd Member of the National Transportation Safety Board in March 2015, whereupon President Barack Obama designated her as Vice Chairman of the Board for a two-year term.

Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr trained as a public health scientist, specializing in injury prevention, and has dedicated her career to working to ensure that transportation safety is a policy priority, domestically and internationally.  She previously served as the U.S. Director and Road Safety Director of the FIA Foundation, an international philanthropy with the mission of promoting safe and sustainable surface transportation.  In that role, she was active in promoting the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety and in advocating for transportation safety and injury prevention targets in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Dr. Dinh-Zarr is proud to have helped initiate collaborative projects to improve road safety, especially for vulnerable populations such as children and pedestrians, in developing countries in the regions of Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.


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