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UN claim 1.2m die in road accidents every year

While commemorating victims of road traffic accidents, the United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claimed that as many as 1.2m die on the road every year worldwide.

This statistic brings home how serious being involved in a collision as a motorist, cyclist or pedestrian can be, while it also shows that the UN are trying to take the issue of road safety seriously. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was held on November 19, where Mr Ban highlighted the problems relating to accidents on the road across the world.

The UN’s chief spoke of an additional 50 million non-fatal injuries that occur every year on the road which can lead to lifelong conditions that come with financial and physical costs for those concerned. Mr Ban talked about how, if the problem of accidents on the road isn’t tackled soon, it could become the fifth biggest killer in the world by 2030. However, he spoke of what some governments are doing to combat the problem.

Banning alcohol, making seatbelts mandatory and increasing penalties for drink driving are among the many measures being taken by governments in countries such as Chile, New Zealand and China. Other nations who already have road safety legislation in place including the UK have seen improvements in terms of the number of injuries caused on the road. Fewer accidents are happening because their laws are being enforced more rigidly, while some nations are looking to improve healthcare for those suffering as a result of road traffic accidents.

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