|tech_lover||Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2011, 7:54 AM | Message # 1|
|According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road traffic injuries remain public health problem at global, regional and national levels. Each year, more than 1.2 million people die on the world’s roads. Between 20 and 50 million suffer non-fatal injuries. In most part of the world this epidemic of road traffic injuries is still increasing. Low-income and middle-income countries have the highest death rate in road traffic. Almost all data sources show that about three-quarters of road traffic deaths are among men and that the highest impact is in the economically active age ranges. In many high-income countries death rates have been declining over the last four to five decades. Even in these countries, road traffic injuries remain an important cause of death, injury and disability. It has been estimated that, unless immediate action is taken, road deaths will rise to the fifth leading cause of death by 2030, resulting in an estimated 2.4 million fatalities per year.