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10 facts on global road safety

Motor cyclists wearing helmets in Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam.
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Wearing a good-quality helmet can reduce the risk of death from a road crash by 40%

Wearing a good-quality helmet can reduce the risk of severe injury by over 70%. Only 44 countries (representing 17% of the world’s population) have motorcycle helmet laws that meet best practice. These laws apply to all drivers and passengers, all roads and engine types, require the helmet to be fastened, and make reference to a particular helmet standard.

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