Road ac­ci­dent deaths hit 1.35 mil­lion: WHO

Global Times - Weekend - - WORLD - AFP

Road ac­ci­dents kill some­one ev­ery 24 sec­onds, with a to­tal of 1.35 mil­lion traf­fic deaths around the world each year, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion said Fri­day, de­mand­ing global ac­tion.

The num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties an­nu­ally has swelled by around 100,000 in just three years, with road ac­ci­dents now the lead­ing killer of chil­dren and young peo­ple be­tween the ages of five and 29.

“These deaths are an un­ac­cept­able price to pay for mo­bil­ity,” WHO chief Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus said in a state­ment.

In its last re­port, based on data from 2013, the num­ber of road traf­fic deaths was es­ti­mated at 1.25 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

While many coun­tries have stepped up ef­forts to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion, many poorer nations are lag­ging way be­hind.

The death rate in Africa is par­tic­u­larly high, count­ing 26.6 an­nual traf­fic deaths for ev­ery 100,000 cit­i­zens, com­pared with 9.3 in Europe, where the death rate is the low­est.

Pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists ac­count for 26 per­cent of all traf­fic deaths, with the fig­ure as high as 44 per­cent in Africa.

Mo­tor­cy­clists and their pas­sen­gers mean­while ac­count for 28 per­cent of all road deaths, but the fig­ure soars to 43 per­cent in South­east Asia, the re­port said.

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