Comment 70887

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 26, 2011 at 08:25:00

Link to WHO programme on traffic safety:

"Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people, aged between 15 and 44."

"Nearly half (46%) of those dying on the world’s roads are “vulnerable road users”:pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists."

Finally, note that France, in particular has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities by 1/4 in the last 40 years:

"Since the early 1970s, France has made great strides in reducing fatalities on the nation’s roads. This has been the result of myriad factors, including adoption and enforcement of legislation on speeding, seat-belts and drinking and driving. Since 2002, a combination of factors including a stated commitment from the highest level of government, stricter enforcement of legislation especially through the use of speed cameras, and media campaigns explaining the traffic rules and risks has accelerated the decrease in annual fatalities. From the early 1970s to 2009, deaths have declined from more than 16000 annually to just over 4000 annually."

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