Motorcyclists make up 28% of road deaths
New research published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that riders and passengers travelling by motorbike account for 28% of all road traffic fatalities globally.
The Global status report on road safety 2018 found that road traffic fatalities continue to increase across the world, with 1.35 million road deaths recorded this year.
The report also indicated that 54% of global road traffic deaths involve pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Figures for motorcyclist deaths are higher in lower income economies such as Southeast Asia and Africa.
The publication states that 49 countries accounting for approximately 2.7 billion people implement legislation regarding motorcycle helmet usage in line with best practice.
Shockingly, the WHO report indicated that the leading cause of death among children and young people between the ages of 5 and 29 years is related to road traffic injuries.
Founder and CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries Michael Bloomberg said: “Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves – and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world. We know which interventions work. Strong policies and enforcement, smart road design, and powerful public awareness campaigns can save millions of lives over the coming decades.”
Road traffic death rates were lowest in European countries, representing 9.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
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