Road mishaps to be leading cause of deaths by 2030: WHO
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Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2009, 21:13
New Delhi: Road accidents will be one of the leading causes of death in South East Asia by 2030, a report released by the World Health Organisation says.

According to the WHO findings, 33 people are killed every hour in road accidents in the region and the number of injured in such mishaps is also rising over the years.

"Road traffic injuries were the ninth leading cause of death in 2004 and will rise to fifth position by the year 2030," Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO regional director for south-east Asia, said.

Almost two-thirds of the people who die in road traffic crashes every year in the region are motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists, he said, citing a WHO study.

WHO concentrated on five major factors to find out the causes of road accidents. They include driving at a high speed, not using seat belts, helmets and child restraint usage and drunken driving.

Only three countries in the region have drink-driving laws that use a blood-alcohol concentration limit of less than or equal to 0.05g/dl, as recommended by WHO.

Helmet laws exist in more than 90 per cent of the countries in the region but only 60 per cent stipulate that helmets need to meet a specific safety standard, the study found.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, November 13, 2009, 21:13

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