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.

(*WHO 2015)

GRSP activities



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.


Road Safety Grants Programme

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.

Risk factors

Members Collaboration

IFRC engagement

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National laws

Lead agency: National Traffic Safety Committee

Speed limit law

Motorcycle helmet law

Child restraint law

Drug-driving law

Drink-driving law

Seat-belt law

Mobile phones while driving law

Crash data

Annual road fatalities


Fatalities per 100K pop. per year




Estimated GDP loss


Registered vehicles


Income group


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