News from Brake
Friday 7 December
A new report published today by the World Health Organisation has revealed that road crashes are the leading killer of children and young adults (aged 5-29 years) globally. The report on the global status of road safety also found that the total number of deaths from road crashes rose to 1.35million in 2016, up from 1.25million in 2013. Road crashes are now the eighth leading cause of death globally, surpassing HIV/AIDS and TB.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:
“It is truly heart breaking that so many young lives are needlessly lost across the World in road crashes. Road deaths are entirely preventable tragedies and the solutions to tackle this carnage on our roads are with us today. Governments across the World need to act now to pass life-saving laws and invest comparatively small amounts of money in road safety compared with the enormous cost of loss of life.
“Every hour, 154 people are killed on the world’s roads. If a plane fell out of the sky every hour killing that many people, then all planes would be grounded immediately. The time for change to tackle this epidemic on the World’s roads is now and it needs to come from the top. The United Nations must lead the way, and governments must act.”
Notes to editors:
- Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2018, World Health Organisation
- Brake is a member of the UN Road Safety Collaboration - an informal consultative mechanism whose members are committed to road safety efforts and in particular to the implementation of the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention. The goal of the Collaboration is to facilitate international cooperation and to strengthen global and regional coordination among UN agencies and other international partners to implement UN General Assembly resolutions and the recommendations of the world report thereby supporting country programmes.
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.