Traffic accidents kill an estimated 1.27 million people a year globally, and nearly half of the victims are pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, according to a new report by the World Health Organization.

The WHO report is the United Nations public-health agency’s first major assessment of what governments are doing to prevent injuries and deaths from road accidents.

Road-traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, and the 10th leading cause of death in the world … according to the WHO. They also cause as many as 50 million nonfatal injuries a year, according to the report.

Yet traffic safety laws aren’t keeping pace with economic development. Only 15% of the 178 countries surveyed for the report have a comprehensive set of laws to prevent drunk driving, set speed limits in urban areas and increase the use of seat belts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets, the WHO said. The agency also noted that enforcement of some laws is often low.

via the Wall Street Journal.

Luckily for us, Virginia has experienced a dramatic decline in traffic deaths this year compared to last year. But there have been several bikers and cyclists killed in the past month. This may be to the increase in the numbers of people using a mode of transportation different than cars.

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