Why Isn’t Road Safety Much Higher Up the Development Agenda?

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Road traffic kills as many people as malaria, and tobacco and alcohol kill even more, but the development gaze skips over deaths that are not from “exotic” diseases.

According to the World Health Organization, more than one million people die each year on the world’s roads—that’s about one every 25 seconds. Between 20 million and 50 million sustain nonfatal injuries. Young adults ages 15 to 44 account for more than half (59%) of deaths. And 90% occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though they have only half the world’s vehicles.

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