Road safety "completely ignored" in some countries

The Fédération internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) launched a High-level Panel for Road Safety at UN Headquarters in New York. Participants of the launch, including Jean Todt (holding vest), Chairman of the Panel, who is also President of the FIA and the Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

The issue of road safety is being "completely ignored" in some countries according to a senior UN envoy.

Some 1.25 million people are killed in car crashes around the world each year.

Around 90 per cent of those fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2011, the international community set out to prevent some five million traffic deaths.

Experts are gathering to discuss progress in Brazil from Wednesday.

Jean Todt, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, is due to be there.

Jérome Bernard asked him if the goal was realistic.

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