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Worldwide car killings

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  • earthymiller
    Yet another article appearing today in the Ottawa Citizen - the conclusion is interesting. Here is the URL: http://www.canada.com/ottawa/story.asp?id={3457009
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 29, 2002
      Yet another article appearing today in the Ottawa Citizen - the
      conclusion is interesting.

      Here is the URL:

      http://www.canada.com/ottawa/story.asp?id={3457009
      A-3497-4A20-B4EB-B62F5331FB32}

      Traffic accidents threaten to become world's third-biggest killer,
      warns UN
      


      Thursday, August 29, 2002

      GENEVA (AP) - Traffic accidents are set to become one of the world's
      biggest killers in the next two decades, with pedestrians making up
      the largest number of victims, the leader of a UN-sponsored research
      body said.

      Such accidents are currently the ninth leading cause of death
      globally, Dr. Adnan Hyder, a founding member of the Road Traffic
      Injury Research Network, said Wednesday. The network is funded by the
      World Health Organization. The most recent United Nations statistics
      show that almost 1.2 million people were killed on the world's roads
      in 1998, Hyder said.

      In 1998 more than one million of the world's road accident victims
      were in Africa, Asia, South and Central America and regions like the
      former Soviet Union.

      By 2020, road accidents will be the third leading cause of death,
      behind heart disease and deaths linked to mental illness, Hyder said.
      The WHO definition of deaths linked to mental illness includes
      degenerative conditions like Alzheimer's disease, suicides by people
      suffering from depression and alcohol abuse.

      Governments - especially in poor countries - must find new ways to
      reduce the carnage, he said. Most of the accidents occur in
      developing countries where western-style traffic regulations are
      largely ineffective because they are rarely enforced or because
      people and vehicles have to share the same busy roads.

      "Two-thirds of the people who die are pedestrians," Hyder told
      reporters. "People who will never own a car in their life are at the
      greatest risk."

      Most road safety studies are produced in rich countries and their
      lessons may not be appropriate for the developing world, he said.

      Clamping down on people who fail to wear a seat belt, for example,
      can be much less effective in some countries than "separating the
      space" so pedestrians and cyclists do not have to travel alongside
      cars or buses, he said.

      © Copyright  2002 The Canadian Press
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