10 facts on youth and road safety

September 2012

D. Mohan

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide among young people aged 10-24 years. Each year nearly 400 000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads – on average more than 1000 a day.

Most of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and among vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and those using public transport.

This fact file looks at the factors that contribute to road traffic injuries among young people and what measures can be taken to prevent these injuries.

Read the fact file

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