Over 270,000 pedestrians die on world's roads each year: WHO

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Dr. Etienne Krug, Director, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, WHO. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

More than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world's roads each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The agency says that road safety has become a big public health and development problem and in many places it is unsafe to walk or use bicycles.

According to WHO, 50 per cent of people killed on the roads are pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists.

Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability says there are measures that can be taken to prevent deaths on the roads.

"First of all we need to control speed and drink driving as a first measure. But then we also need to have better infrastructure for pedestrians. We need sidewalks, crossovers, safer ways for crossing, those kinds of things so that pedestrians are separated from the rest of traffic, and , of course, we also need to make pedestrian conscience and make them respect the law and not drink and walk or cross inappropriate places etc." (23")

WHO will kick off the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week from 6 to 12 May, under the banner "Make Walking Safe."

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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