10 facts on global road safety

March 2013

Young people holding 40km speed limit signs at the side of the road as part of “Life is more important than speed” campaign, Russia.
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About 1.24 million people die each year on the world's roads and between 20 and 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries. Young adults aged between 15 and 44 years account for 59% of global road traffic deaths.

This fact file presents data from the Global status report on road safety 2013. This is the second broad assessment of the road safety situation and provides the baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020. The report shows that road traffic injuries remain an important public health problem despite progress in a number of countries. To reduce the number of road traffic injuries, the pace of legislative change and enforcement need to be hastened and more attention paid to vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Read the fact file on global road safety

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