Road ac­ci­dents in China kill 26,000 each year

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Ap­prox­i­mately 260,000 peo­ple die in China as a re­sult of road ac­ci­dents each year, and around 6 in 10 of the to­tal are road users such as pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and peo­ple on mo­tor­cy­cles, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est World Health es­ti­mates.

The in­for­ma­tion was re­leased on Tues­day as WHO China was hold­ing a Health Di­a­logue un­der the theme of Safer Roads Save Lives, de­signed to pro­vide plat­forms for strate­gic dis­cus­sion on crit­i­cal pub­lic health is­sues fac­ing China and the world.

World­wide, 1.25 mil­lion peo­ple die from road traf­fic in­juries each year, and an ad­di­tional 20 to 50 mil­lion peo­ple sus­tain non­fa­tal in­juries as a re­sult of road traf­fic col­li­sions or crashes, WHO es­ti­ma­tions showed. Road traf­fic in­juries are a top10 cause of death glob­ally, and the lead­ing cause of death for peo­ple aged 15 to 29.

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