25 January 2008

Michelle Yeoh wants UN action on road deaths

Movie star Michelle Yeoh has added her support to the Make Roads Safe campaign, warning "the world needs to act right now".

"There is a child who is seriously injured or dies every 30 seconds", Michelle Yeoh said. "I think all of us have to support this campaign. We need to protect our future, we need to protect our children".

Globally 1.2 million people die on the roads each year, and developing countries in particular face a bleak future, with road deaths forecast to double in the worst affected areas by 2020.

Michelle Yeoh's endorsement comes ahead of the UN General Assembly's debate on global road deaths in March 2008. The star of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'Memoirs of a Geisha' and the James Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies' joins hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have signed the petition calling for UN action to tackle the growing problem of road deaths.

Other high profile figures who are supporting the Make Roads Safe campaign include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Moby, Tony Blair and footballer Samuel Eto'o.

Contact: Avi Silverman
Make Roads Safe campaign
FIA Foundation