Despite progress, road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years. Globally, of all road traffic deaths, pedestrians and cyclists account for 26% and motorcycle riders and passengers account for 28%. The risk of a road traffic death remains three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries, with rates highest in Africa (26.6 per 100 000 population) and lowest in Europe (9.3 per 100 000 population).

The Global status report on road safety 2018, launched by WHO in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million.

Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries.

The report suggests that the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist. Drastic action is needed to put these measures in place to meet any future global target that might be set and save lives.

Click on the Global Status Report image to be directed to the WHO website where you can view more info and download the Report.

Death on the Roads: A Data visualisation of the report is shown below.

The default option is set at the Deaths Ticker, but you can select ad view other options that the report covers.

As more and more Africans acquire vehicles and become regular drivers, the need to instill road safety ideals in everyone is increased.

ACTA and the ACTA Clubs are committed to and remain dedicated to realise the overall goal of reducing road accident deaths, and have actively participated in the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week, and will continue with Road Safety campaigns in each country.

You too can be involved – #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety.