The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that nothing less than 1.25 million people die of Road accidents yearly.
WHO said this on Friday adding that one third of the accidents was as a result of overspeeding of drivers. WHO noted that 40-50% of drivers go above the speed limit.
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WHO further said that there were more road fatalities in Africa than in Europe, encouraging government to regulate the speed of drivers to ensure a safer and healthier environment.
“Around 1.25 million people die every year on the world’s roads. Studies indicate that typically 40 to 50 per cent of drivers go over the posted speed limits.
“Drivers who are male, young and under the influence of alcohol are more likely to be involved in speed-related crashes.
“Road traffic crashes remain the number one cause of death among young people aged 15 to 29 years.
“They are estimated to cost countries from three to five per cent of Gross Domestic Products (GDPs) and push many families into poverty,” WHO said.
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said “speed is at the core of the global road traffic injury problem.
“If countries were to address just this key risk, they would soon reap the rewards of safer roads, both in terms of lives saved and increases in walking and cycling, with profound and lasting effects on health”.