The Long Route to Traffic Safety

One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to halve global road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020. China—the world's most populous country—has a major stake in whether that goal is achieved. In 2017 China accounted for some 21% of road traffic deaths globally, according to new research.

But China is not on track to meet the 2020 milestone—though the country’s road traffic mortality is down substantially since 2011.

From 2011-2016, road traffic mortality rates were consistently higher among males, older adults and in rural areas compared to females, younger people and urban areas.

The most vulnerable road users of all? Pedestrians.
The Lancet Public Health

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