W.H.O Releases Statistics On Road Safety

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The people at the World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a recent article providing an in depth analysis on road safety around the globe. The report was compiled to look at how governments can improve infrastructure and prevent casualties related to these issues in the coming years.

We’ve linked to the whole article at the bottom of this post but highlighted some key facts right here.

  • Without sustained action, road traffic crashes are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030

  • Nearly half of those dying on the world’s roads are “vulnerable road users”: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

  • Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.

  • More than 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes.

  • People aged between 15 and 44 years account for 48% of global road traffic deaths.

  • From a young age, males are more likely to be involved in road traffic crashes than females. About three quarters (73%) of all road traffic deaths occur among young males under the age of 25 years who are almost 3 times as likely to be killed in a road traffic crash as young females.

  • Inadequate post-crash care such as delays in detecting and providing care for those involved in a road traffic crash increase the severity of injuries. Care of injuries after a crash has occurred is extremely time-sensitive: delays of minutes can make the difference between life and death.

  • Access to timely and effective emergency care after road traffic crashes saves lives and reduces disability among the injured

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There are many types of distractions that can lead to impaired driving. The distraction caused by mobile phones is a growing concern for road safety.

  • Drivers using mobile phones are approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers not using a mobile phone. Using a phone while driving slows reaction times (notably braking reaction time, but also reaction to traffic signals), and makes it difficult to keep in the correct lane, and to keep the correct following distances.

  • Hands-free phones are not much safer than hand-held phone sets, and texting considerably increases the risk of a crash.

Aiden Dunne