Proven Solutions, Patchy Progress

The latest WHO Global road safety status report documents uneven progress on traffic deaths—which have climbed to 1.35 million a year.

The report found progress in 48 middle- and high-income countries thanks to robust road safety initiatives. However, no low-income country saw a drop in road traffic deaths from 2013-2016.

Nearing the close of the Decade of Action for Global Road Safety 2011–2020, “Measurement alone is not enough,” notes Adnan A. Hyder, of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, in a Lancet Public Health commentary. The scourge must face “a strong and sustainable set of actions for changing the current status quo.”

The Quote: "These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility. There is no excuse for inaction. This is a problem with proven solutions. This report is a call for governments and partners to take much greater action to implement these measures,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

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