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PAHO urges region to strengthen road safety legislation, enforcement

Published:Monday | September 19, 2016 | 10:21 AM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging regional countries to strengthen their road safety legislation and enforcement.

PAHO’s just-released 'Report on Road Safety in the Region of the Americas' provides an insight into the road safety situation in 31 countries and territories of the Western Hemisphere, based on the latest available data.

It shows that in 2013, more than 154,000 people died as a result of traffic-related injuries in the Americas.

This represents nearly 12 per cent of all traffic-related deaths at the global level, where traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people especially males between the ages of 15 and 29.

PAHO director Carissa Etienne says road traffic crashes continue to cause too many preventable injuries and deaths and place a heavy load on healthcare services.

She also says strong and sustained enforcement of effective laws and public awareness campaigns are vital to reduce this burden.