With 1.35 million people killed in road traffic crashes every year and as many as 50 million injured, we pay an unacceptable price for our mobility. Apart from the enormous suffering and grief they cause, the social and economic costs of road traffic injuries are profound and far-reaching. This global crisis is made even more unforgiving when we recognise the disproportionate impact on the young and the vulnerable. Road traffic injury is the leading cause of death for people aged 5 to 29 years. The loss of a breadwinner or the need to care for an injured family member can impact an entire family and place them in poverty for several generations. This impact on individuals, families, communities and countries is unsustainable. World leaders have committed to halving road traffic deaths and injuries as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. While progress is being made, the scale and pace of change must accelerate. Road traffic crashes are preventable, and we must build on the successes countries achieved during the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020, to provide political and technical leadership and build a greater capacity for rapid change.
Source: Transport Links
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