1,000 young volunteers dance to raise awareness for road safety

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Around 1,000 Red Cross youth and young adult volunteers held a flash mob at Sukhbaatar Square on May 8 in celebration of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day and the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, taking place from May 8 to 14.

Volunteers wearing pink, blue, green, and yellow vests danced to raise awareness of road safety and encourage the young and old to follow road safety rules to prevent traffic accidents. Most of the participants were teens who held banners and set up boards about traffic accidents involving children in April at Sukhbaatar Square.

This year’s UN Global Road Safety Week is focusing on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low and middle-income countries.

Building or modifying roads to include features that calm traffic, establishing speed limits to the function of each road, enforcing speed limits, installing in-vehicle technologies, and raising awareness about the dangers of speeding are proven strategies for addressing speed by the UN.

The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, so that more lives can be saved on the roads.

The Ulaanbaatar Traffic Safety reported that 13 children died and 34 children were injured in a traffic accident within the first three months of this year. The reports show that 12 children died in an accident while traveling in the countryside.

Last year, 50 children died and 1,078 children survived accidents with light and serious injuries, according to the traffic accident report. The majority of these children had not been wearing safety seatbelts, the report read. Other causes of traffic accidents involving children include the driver exceeding the speed limit or violating traffic rules and children running in front of vehicles.

The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed every year by Red Cross and Red Crescent from around the world to recognize contributions and achievements of the millions of volunteers and staff around the world who keep their commitment to humanity every day.

The Mongolian Red Cross Society has been focusing on supporting vulnerable herder families affected by the harsh winter in the past two years.

Last year, the society provided assistance worth 1.6 billion MNT to 5,400 herders across 17 of Mongolia’s 21 provinces, according to one of the volunteers who joined the flash mob. He said that assistance worth 1.8 billion MNT was provided to 3,480 families in 12 provinces this year. Reportedly, the Mongolian Red Cross Society plans to pay special focus on measures to promote winter preparedness, adaptation to climate changes, and disaster risk reduction.

At present, the Mongolian Red Cross Society has nearly 130,000 members, out of which 7,000 are experienced volunteers, 703 are beginners, 55,406 are teens, 17,025 are young adults, and volunteering communities make up the rest.

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