Press Release: FIA 3500 Lives Road Safety Campaign

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile and JCDecaux launch the first worldwide outdoor campaign on road safety

Paris, March 10th 2017 – The President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Jean Todt, and Chairman of the Executive Board of JCDecaux, Jean-Charles Decaux, were in Paris today to launch the first worldwide outdoor campaign on road safety. Supported by famous ambassadors, the campaign promotes simple and universal messages to save lives on roads. Road crashes are responsible for 3 500 deaths a day worldwide.


A public health issue

Everyday, 3 500 people die in car crashes worldwide, which means 1.25 million every year. A particularly alarming situation for 15-29 year-olds, for whom traffic related fatalities are the first cause of mortality. If this trend goes on, by 2030 car crashes could become the first cause of mortality worldwide with nearly 2 million deaths a year. As a genuine public health issue, road safety is a major challenge and a priority issue for every state and citizen around the world. Pope Francis has offered his support to this campaign, and to the cause, when he met with Jean Todt at the Vatican on 25th February 2017.


An engaging, optimistic and universal campaign

Through a concrete and positive approach, the #3500LIVES campaign aims to raise awareness and prompt all road users to adopt simple, easily applicable and efficient rules.

The campaign promotes 10 “Golden Rules”1 embodied by 13 famous ambassadors:

  • athletes like Yohan Blake, Haile Gebrselassie, Antoine Griezmann, Vanessa Low, Rafael Nadal, and Wayde van Niekerk;
  • drivers like Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Marc Marquez and Nico Rosberg;
  • artists like Pharrell Williams and Michelle Yeoh, and;
  • politicians like Anne Hidalgo.

They all decided to defend this cause personally and voluntarily. Those messages will also be endorsed by international institutions like the International Olympic Committee. On 20 February 2017, the FIA and IOC signed a formal agreement to promote the campaign messages across their shared platforms and ahead of sporting events.


The FIA and JCDecaux: a strategic partnership around a shared vision

The partnership between the FIA - which represents 245 sport and mobility clubs around the world - and JCDecaux - which offers its billboards all around the world to ensure a significant visibility - makes this campaign an unprecedented campaign.

“I encourage everyone to promote and share the campaign’s key messages and sign our manifesto for government action. Too many people lose their life unnecessarily in road crashes daily.” said FIA President Jean Todt. “We are proud to have worked together with JCDecaux on this campaign, and also with 13 fantastic Ambassadors, each of which is a role model, especially for young people - the group worst affected by road crashes.

“External communication is at the core of all sorts of mobility and we are thrilled and proud to contribute to spread these messages around the world through the impact of our installations”, explained Jean-Charles Decaux, Chairman and Co-Director of JCDecaux. “This commitment is also aligned with our company’s social responsibility policy and all the JCDecaux co-workers who work on a daily basis to improve urban life quality. They are hence delighted to get involved in the promotion of road safety for citizens around the world”.