No. 1 Cause of Deaths In Young People Is …

When you think of how to achieve public-health progress in the developing world, you might think of engineering clean water sources and sanitation to prevent water-borne diseases. You might think of implementing measures to stop the spread of malaria, like mosquito nets. You might think of distributing vaccines, or designing education programs about HIV/AIDS.

What you probably wouldn’t think of is figuring out how to keep people safe from traffic.

Every six seconds, someone is killed or seriously injured in a traffic accident. Every day, 3,500 people are killed in car crashes.That means traffic fatalities are a global epidemic on par with malaria and tuberculosis, according to a new report issued by the Campaign for Global Road Safety.

According to “Safe and Sustainable Roads: An Agenda for Rio+20,” a new report from the Campaign for Global Road Safety, road traffic is the leading cause of death globally for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.

Every day, 3,500 people are killed in car crashes.

“The epidemic has reached crisis proportions,” wrote Kevin Watkins, a Brookings Institute researcher who authored the report, and the problem is “set to worse over the years ahead.”There are 1.3 million annual global road deaths, and they are the No. 1 global cause of deaths of young people ages 10 to 24. Approximately 260,000 children die in car accidents annually, according to the World Health Organization.

Air pollution also kills an estimated 1.3 million people each year, according to the report, and 70 to 90 percent of fatal pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide, originate from automotive traffic, the report says.

“There are no surprises or hidden magic bullets for tackling the road traffic injury crisis,” Watkins writes. “Vehicles need to be separated from vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.”

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“The first thing I noticed about her was her shoes. Lying in the roadway… I noticed her shoes in a pool of blood. And thought, this was a young girl”


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