Making roads safer: more needs to be done to save lives

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Etienne Krug

Recently, a packed bus in India crashed some 800 kilometres from the capital, New Delhi, while trying to overtake a car on the highway. Media reports say 45 people were burnt alive.

Each year, nearly 1.3 million people die and between 20 million and 50 million more are injured as a result of road crashes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, spoke to UN Radio's Jocelyne Sambira from Geneva, about the UN Secretary-General's push to make roads safer.

It is part of a wider effort, the Decade of Action for Road Safety, launched in 2011, to end in 2020.

Duration: 4’16″

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