10 facts about road safety by World Health Organisation

  1.  More than 1.2 million people die in road traffic crashes every year.
  2. As many as 50 million people are injured or disabled by road traffic crashes every year.
  3. Half of all crash victims are vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.
  4. Road traffic crashes cost countries up to 4% of their Gross National Product.
  5. Correctly used seat-belts reduce the risk of death in a crash by 61%.
  6. Mandatory use of child restraints can reduce child deaths by 35%.
  7. Helmets reduce fatal and serious head injuries by up to 45%.
  8. Enforcing a drinking and driving law around the world could reduce alcohol-related crashes by 20%.
  9. For every 1km/h reduction in average speed, there is a 2% reduction in the number of crashes.
  10. Simple low-cost engineering measures are saving thousands of lives.