Just launched: Global status report on road safety 2013

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just-launched-global-status-report-on-road-safety-2013The World Health Organization today launched the ‘Global status report on road safety 2013’. This report, the second in a series, presents information from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population, and will serve as the baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The report analyzes to what extent countries are implementing a number of effective road safety measures using a standardized methodology that allows comparisons between countries to be made. The report looks at whether countries have comprehensive road safety laws on all five key risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints. In addition, it highlights the importance of issues such as vehicle safety standards, road infrastructure inspections, policies on walking and cycling, and aspects of pre-hospital care systems. It also indicates if countries have a national strategy which sets measurable targets to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads.

The report shows:

  • In 2010, there were 1.24 million deaths worldwide from road traffic crashes, roughly the same number as in 2007.
  • Only 28 countries, covering 7% of the world’s population, have comprehensive road safety laws on all five key risk factors (listed above).
  • While 88 Member States were able to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities, that number increased in 87 countries.
  • 59% of those who are killed in road traffic crashes are between the ages of 15 and 44 years, and 77% are male.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists constitute 27% of all road deaths. In some countries this figure is higher than 75%.

There are positive signs. We can see that where risk factors are addressed effectively, lives are saved; yet there is still much work to be done to achieve the target of the Decade of Action for Road Safety: to prevent five million road crash deaths by 2020.

Through partnership, we can help to achieve this goal, and each of us, as road users, must play our part.

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Link to the ‘Global status report on road safety 2013‘.

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