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The politics of road safety

Road safety is a major international health issue – each year traffic collisions kill an estimated 1.25 million people and injure up to 50 million. Of the fatalities, 90% occur in low- and middle-income countries, and most are among poorer working-age males - a group that tends to use vulnerable modes of transport such as walking, cycling and motorcycling.

Over the past 10 years, road safety has been escalated to an issue of international concern. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has two targets related to road safety - both are unlikely to be reached. Despite the substantial social and financial impacts of both fatalities and injuries, it seems road safety is just not being prioritised.

This new collaboration between the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities identifies the challenges to improving road safety in low- and middle-income countries, learn from stories of progress, and provide a series of strategies that can help decision-makers and practitioners working on road safety reform.


Alina Rocha Menocal, Leni Wild, Daniel Harris, Joseph Wales, Clare Cummings and Helen Dempster

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