Only 28 countries have good road safety laws: WHO

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Few countries have comprehensive road safety laws to address all the key risk factors for road accidents, according to a new report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday.

It says that around the world , over one million people continue to die from road accidents every year.

The report shows that while 88 Member States were able to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities, that number increased in 87 countries.

Etienne Krug, Director at the WHO's Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability says that road accidents are man-made and what needs to be done is known.

"I am talking about things like drinking and driving, speeding, the wearing of seat belts or motorcycle helmets and the use of child seats. These are five key behavioural risk factors. We have looked at which countries have the appropriate legislation, the adequate legislation on these five factors and only 28 countries do. This is about 15 per cent of the countries in the world and about 7 per cent of the world's population is covered by good legislation on those five risk factors, which means 93 per cent of the world's population is not covered by adequate legislation." (34″)

Etienne Krug says it is not only important to have good laws to deal with road accidents, but to enforce such laws.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'34"

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