SA launches campaign to improve road safety

The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that, in the next few years, unless drastic action is taken, road accidents will increase by 65% to become the fifth-leading cause of deaths in the world.

By this time, road accidents could account for more than 1.9-million deaths a year, from the current 1.3-million, explains WHO unintentional injury prevention division coordinator Dr Margie Peden.

The risks to those in disadvantaged societies are growing and, worldwide, vehicle ownership is forecast to double by 2020, with much of this growth in developing countries.

“It has been shown that, if we are able to stabi- lise the number of road traffic accidents or even reduce the numbers slightly, we will be able to save five-million lives, 50-million injuries and 5-billion dollars,” she explains.


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