International group urges action to stop road deaths

11.06 | 8 May 2009 |

An international road safety campaign is calling on governments to do more to prevent road accidents worldwide.

The Make Roads Safe campaign says nearly two million people die every year on the world’s roads, and that road crashes have overtaken malaria as the leading cause of preventable deaths in developing countries.

It also says that in five years time, if nothing is done, traffic accidents will be the biggest single cause of premature deaths for children aged 5 to 14.

Make Roads Safe – whose international ambassador is the actress Michelle Yeoh – says five million deaths in the next 10 years could be avoided if governments act to introduce more effective policies.

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