Local MP joins rock band in supporting road safety campaign

November 24, 2006 12:00 PM

David Howarth MP has joined rock band Dirty Pretty Things in supporting the Make Roads Safe campaign which calls for UN action on global road deaths.

The band is promoting the campaign for their UK tour. They play the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Friday 1 December.

The main aim of the Make Roads Safe campaign is to raise public awareness about the impact of road crashes in developing countries.

- A million people are killed on the roads in poorer countries every year - this is set to double by 2020

- Road crashes kill on the scale of Malaria and TB

- Only HIV/AIDS kills more young men worldwide than road crashes

- Every 3 minutes a young child is killed on the world's roads, and four are permanently disabled

Supporting the campaign, David Howarth MP said:

David Howarth MP

David Howarth MP

"The facts are stark. Road crashes are the biggest single killer of 16-24 year olds in the UK, Europe and the US. We need to take action to reduce the number of accidents on our roads."

Dirty Pretty Things' commitment to the campaign is motivated in part by a recent tragedy in which three teenagers were killed. Two sisters and their friend died in a car crash in July while driving home from a concert at which Dirty Pretty Things had performed.

Calling on fans to sign the Make Roads Safe online petition at www.makeroadssafe.org Carl Barat, lead singer of Dirty Pretty Things, said:

"It is unbelievable that around the world a child is killed every 3 minutes on the road, yet almost nothing is being done to prevent this. This is why Dirty Pretty Things are supporting the Make Roads Safer campaign."

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