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Published on December 12th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair

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WHO says 1.35 Million People Die on the Road Yearly

The World Health Organisation’s recently published their ‘Global status report on road safety 2018’ and the overall tone wasn’t great. It found that traffic-related deaths have risen to 1.35 million people a year in spite of advancements in road safety.

The report notes that the risk of a road traffic death remains three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. Motorcycle riders and passengers account for 43% of all road traffic deaths in South-East Asia.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. The report notes that simple measures have contributed to safer conditions. What are these measures?

Better legislation around things like speeding, drunk driving, use of child restraints, seat belts and motorcycle helmets.

Better sidewalks, dedicated lanes for bicycles and motorbikes as well as mandating stability control and advanced braking systems have also contributed to better results.


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