The WHO’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2023 is an extensive analysis of road traffic deaths worldwide, detailing progress and challenges in improving road safety between 2010 and 2021. The report highlights a slight decrease in road traffic deaths to 1.19 million per year and underscores the efforts to enhance road safety globally. It provides a baseline for the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, which aims to halve road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. The report notes significant regional and country-specific trends, including a notable increase in road fatalities in India and substantial reductions in countries like Belarus, Denmark, Japan, and the UAE. The challenges include addressing the safety needs of vulnerable road users, implementing effective legislation, and coping with the expected growth in global motor-vehicle fleets. The report calls for more evidence-based interventions, better resource allocation, and a rethinking of mobility to prioritize safer, more sustainable transport options.
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