The latest report recently released by the World Health Organization during a joint-press conference in Geneva and London has announced that around 1.25 million people die because of traffic accidents around the world each year.
The death toll is as high even as numerous countries in recent years embarked on massive quests to save lives on their roads – the pace of change is seen too slow and traffic fatalities are still way too high. “Road traffic fatalities take an unacceptable toll – particularly on poor people in poor countries,” commented Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. “The risk of dying in a road traffic crash still depends, in great part, on where people live and how they move around,” further stated the report. The study pointed out to the massive inequality between high-income countries and low- and middle- income peers that attract 90 percent of the road deaths while only making up for 54% of the world’s vehicles. According to the group, the continent of Africa had the largest death rates per capita and at the other end of the spectrum stood the wealthy countries in Europe.
The “Global status report on road safety 2015” has been made up after analyzing data collected from 180 countries. The study shows that more attention is needed to protect the most endangered categories of road participants: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. The report also pointed out that vehicles sold in 80% of all countries worldwide don’t live up to the most basic safety standards, especially in low- and middle-income countries where almost half of the 67 million new passenger cars produced in 2014 were made.