The number of road traffic deaths is exceedingly high in Mexico, with over 16* people killed per population of 100,000. The overall trend in road traffic crashes has demonstrated a rapid increase in fatalities in recent years, consequently due to such risk factors as seat-belt use, and drink and driving.
Drink-driving laws have been developed and implemented, and there has been a reduction from 23% in 2013 to 5% in 2015* of road traffic deaths involving alcohol. National seat-belt laws are still only applicable to front seat occupants, but seat-belt use among rear seat occupants has seen a small increase from 4% to 13% in 2015.
In response to the growing incidence of road traffic crashes, Mexico has pledged an overly aggressive fatality reduction target of 50% by 2020.
GRSP is supporting a consumer protection organization, El Poder, to advocate for vehicle safety standards. The Mexican government has announced new vehicle safety standards but they are not scheduled to go into effect until 2020.
Supporting advocacy for state level drink driving policy implementation.
Three grants have been awarded to civil society organizations to advocate for the passage and implementation of evidence-based road safety policies.
The grants programme supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based interventions designed to strengthen road safety policies and their implementation.
Road user groups
With around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, it is unacceptable that some countries still do not have legislation regarding obligatory usage and set safety standards for child restraints.
|Website||Carrying out RS activites||Interested in expanding RS work|
|Mexican Red Cross||Yes||Yes|
Lead agency: National Traffic Safety Committee
Speed limit law
Motorcycle helmet law
Child restraint law
Mobile phones while driving law
Annual road fatalities
Fatalities per 100K pop. per year
Estimated GDP loss
Source: WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015
1 June 2022
25 February 2021
7 June 2017
8 December 2015
24 August 2015
31 March 2014
7 February 2014
20 December 2013
1 July 2013
21 November 2012
30 November 2011
8 January 2011