Global Road Traffic Injury Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes.
  • Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.
  • 90% of the world’s fatalities on the roads occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though these countries have approximately 54% of the world’s vehicles.
  • Nearly half of those dying on the world’s roads are “vulnerable road users”: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.
  • Road traffic crashes cost most countries 3% of their gross domestic product.
  • Without sustained action, road traffic crashes are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.
  • The newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has set an ambitious target of halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020.

Coordinating the Decade of Action for Road Safety

World Health Organisation (WHO) is the lead agency – in collaboration with the United Nations regional commissions – for road safety within the UN system. WHO chairs the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and serves as the secretariat for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011– 2020. Proclaimed through a UN General Assembly resolution in 2010, the Decade of Action was launched in May 2011 in over 110 countries, with the aim of saving millions of lives by implementing the Global Plan for the Decade of Acton.

WHO also plays a key role in guiding global efforts by continuing to advocate for road safety at the highest political levels; compiling and disseminating good practices in prevention, data collection and trauma care; sharing information with the public on risks and how to reduce these risks; and drawing attention to the need for increased funding.

Source: World Health Organisation

 

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