Coun­tries com­mit to pri­ori­tise road safety

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

DOWN TO EARTH TRANS­PORT AND health min­is­ters and top bu­reau­crats from over 130 coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia, have com­mit­ted to im­prove pub­lic trans­port, and have pledged to put in place laws and scale up en­force­ment to make roads safer un­der the Brasilia Dec­la­ra­tion. The dec­la­ra­tion was adopted at the sec­ond global high­level con­fer­ence on road safety held in Brazil on 18-19 Novem­ber, 2015. Par­tic­i­pants re­newed their 2011 com­mit­ment to re­duce the deaths caused due to traf­fic ac­ci­dents to half by 2020. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO's) global sta­tus re­port on road safety pub­lished this year states that 1.25 mil­lion peo­ple die due to road ac­ci­dents. It is also the lead­ing cause of death among peo­ple aged be­tween 15 and 29.

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