World unites to halt death and injury on roads

Almost 1.3 million people die each year as a result of road accidents, according to the World Health Organization.

Traffic Accident

Traffic Accident

In addition between 20 and 50 million people are injured in road accidents.

WHO says road traffic accidents have become the leading killer of young people aged 15-29 years.

In an effort to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries, the World Health Organization is launching a 10 year action plan, dubbed the 'Decade of Action for Road Safety.’

The action plan sets out practical measures that governments worldwide can put in place to curb road traffic accidents.

Dr Etienne Krug from WHO outlines some of the measures being proposed.

“How can we make sure that the roads that are in place are assessed and that the problems are remedied? How can we make sure that new roads that are being built include safety components? For example, we need to make sure that pedestrians and bicyclists are separated from the rest of traffic because they are a huge proportion of the victims.”

He says if successfully implemented, the action plan could see 5 million lives saved and prevent 50 million serious injuries over the course of the decade.

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