The F?d?ration Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is the leading mobility and tourism organisation comprising more than 100 automobile and touring clubs. FIA member Clubs have been leading advocates for improved road safety for more than 100 years. The FIA has led efforts to increase safety and reduce deaths and injuries on the road and on the race track. Naturally the FIA was an early and strong supporter United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
In order to effectively support the goals of the UN Decade of Action, the FIA has created the 'FIA Action for Road Safety', a platform through which the FIA, its member Clubs, its partners, and other stakeholders will work to make roads worldwide safer, to prevent road injuries and fatalities.
To achieve this goal most effectively, the FIA will leverage its unique assets: its recognised heritage of safety advocacy, its active and respected FIA Club network, and its access to audiences through both Sport and Mobility unmatched by any other organisation. In cooperation with its 226 national motoring and sporting member Clubs, the FIA committed in 2010 to the Clinton Global Initiative to achieving a significant improvement in road safety in each country in which it has a member Club. The FIA will support Clubs in: (1) advocating for safer cars and infrastructure and the laws that support them, (2) developing educational programs aimed at deterring unsafe behaviours such as drunk driving, excessive speed, and failing to use safety belts and child restraints, (3) supporting efforts to protect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, bicyclists and powered two-wheelers.
In furtherance of its commitment the FIA is working with its member Clubs to identify relevant, achievable, yet ambitious road safety goals in their countries aimed at safer drivers, vehicles and infrastructure. The FIA has also been leveraging the potential synergies between motor sport and mobility. During the 2010 Paris motor show the FIA prominently featured the Decade of Action, presenting road safety issues affecting both motor sport and daily mobility. The FIA used this occasion to launch a Facebook quiz about road safety featuring a well-known rally champion and reaching more than 20,000 people in France.
The FIA has also asked each Club worldwide to commit to addressing one safety problem in its country. Member Clubs have embraced FIA's invitation and are committing to numerous initiatives. Together with partners and other stakeholders the Clubs will help achieve the goals of the UN Decade of Action - 5 million lives saved and 50 million injuries prevented.
According to the World Health Organization's Global Status Report, road traffic crashes cause more than 1.27 million deaths a year and are predicted to be the 5th leading cause of death by 2030, rising to 2.4 million fatalities per year. More than 90 percent of these fatalities occur in low-income and middle-income countries. Most at risk are children, young people, and vulnerable road users (cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians). Many of these fatalities are exacerbated by key risk factors including failure to use safety belts and child restraints, failure to wear helmets, using excessive speed, and drunk driving.