Around 1.25 million people die every year on the world’s roads. Studies indicate that:
- almost half of all drivers exceed the speed limit
- drivers who are male, young and under the influence of alcohol are more likely to be involved in speed-related crashes
- road traffic accidents (RTAs) are the number one cause of death among young people aged 15–29 years
- RTAs are estimated to cost countries from 3–5% of GDP and push many families into poverty.
‘Managing speed’, a new report from WHO, suggests that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, make populations healthier, and cities more sustainable.
To read more about speed management to save lives from the who.int website