Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tip of the Day: The Sad State of Global Roadway Fatalities

According to the below link, which is described as slightly more credible than the BBC:

Based upon data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.24 million deaths occurred on global roadways in 2010.

For a UN-based organization charged with the preservation of life, such a huge statistic is embarrassing.

Only 28 countries, representing 449 million people (7% of the world’s population), have adequate laws that address all five risk factors contributing to: Speed; intoxicated or impaired driving; helmets on two-wheeled motorized vehicles; use of seat-belts; and child restraints.

Over a third of roadway traffic deaths in low-and middle-income countries are among pedestrians and cyclists. However, less than 35% of low- and middle-income countries have regulatory policies in place to protect roadway users.

The average fatality rate was 18 per 100 000 people. 

Yet, middle-income countries have the highest annual road traffic fatality rates, at 20.1 per 100,000, while the rate in high-income countries is lowest, at 8.7 per 100,000 population.

Eighty per cent of road traffic deaths occur in middle-income countries, which account for 72% of the world’s population, but only 52% of the world’s registered vehicles. This indicates that these countries bear a disproportionately high burden of road traffic deaths relative to their level of motorization.

COMMENT: There are large disparities in roadway traffic death rates between regions. The risk of dying as a result of a road traffic injury is highest in the African Region (24.1 per 100,000 population), and lowest in the European Region (10.3 per 100 000).

Half of the world’s roadway traffic deaths occur among motorcyclists (23%), pedestrians (22%) and bicyclists (5%)--i.e. “vulnerable road users”--with 31% of deaths among vehicular occupants and the remaining 19% among unspecified roadway users.

Young adults aged between 15 and 44 years account for 59% of global road traffic deaths and 77% of roadway deaths stem from males.

I urge the highest levels of government in all governments to review very carefully the statistics by nation to carefully examine how they might potentially reduce roadway fatalities by even 20%.

In the 21st Century, just imagine the inventions, technological advancements, medical discoveries and preserved lives that could be achieved if just 20% of the 1.24 million people who die annually on our highways could be preserved? Imagine!