Injuries caused by road accidents, which are sadly frequently ignored, are relevant and severe. Research indicates that about 1.2 million people are killed in road accidents and more than 50 million are injured annually.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank jointly prepared the first major report on the Prevention of Road Traffic Injuries, the Global Report on the Prevention of Road Traffic Injuries, stressing that road traffic networks are dangerous and seriously affect the general health of the population.
Amendments to Mexico’s “Right to Mobility”
The amendment to Mexico’s “mobility” could change the debate on road safety and save thousands.
As a groundbreaking step in the national road safety program, Mexico has enshrined the fundamental right to safe movement in its constitution.
On October 14, in favor of amending the Mexican Constitution, the House of Representatives unanimously voted:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of movement, association, access, efficiency, stability, quality, inclusion, and equality.” And on October 30, Queretaro was the 17th out of 32 states to unanimously approve a reform in its local congress and gain a majority. In December 2019, the Senate approved the amendment.
The 17 states have already recognized that for Mexicans, (the right to mobility) is a fact, a right that is central to people’s quality of life.
It encompasses the right to freedom of movement and the right to life, as well as other aspects of clean health and the environment, but Mexico goes a step further by declaring healthy movement as a human right.
This disparity reflects rising concern at times about the risks of the country’s roads and transportation systems. The number of road deaths in Mexico has been increasing over the past decade, despite years of development. More than 16,000 people lost their lives in road collisions in 2016, according to the World Health Organisation.
right to quality and secure mobility
The right to quality and secure mobility is based on the concept of mutual unity, as access for all is required by a provision in the Mexican Constitution. Efficiency in the use of space and resources; environmental, social, and economic sustainability; gender, age, income, and justice are a top priority, so that everybody, not just part of the population, can have a positive change as a result.
The effect of this constitutional reform, both in Mexico and as an example to nations around the world, maybe profound.
This is certainly the hope of many activists from the Mexican central, state, and local government, civil society organizations, and government officials who advocate this post.