Countries commit to prioritise road safety
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.