Some of the world’s poorest countries are to receive a cash injection of £1.5m from the UK government to help improve road safety (BBC News).
The funding, which will pay for pedestrian crossings and better road markings, was announced at the first ministerial global road safety summit, which was held in Moscow.
Gareth Thomas, minister for development, said the road safety statistics in developing countries were "shocking".
"I want to see this funding make a real impact on reducing casualty numbers where it’s needed most. It will help with implementing basic safety measures," he said. "Statistics show that the UK has some of the safest roads in the world. We must use our expertise to help developing countries meet the safety standards that we take for granted."
The funding is being provided by the Department for International Development, which has already given £3.5m for research on improving the design and quality of transport in Africa and Asia.
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