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WHO: Yearly road fatalities swell to 1.35m

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Health Desk-08 Dec’18: The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday said road accidents kill someone every 24 seconds, with a total of 1.35 million traffic deaths around the world each year.

The number of fatalities annually has swelled by around 100,000 in just three years, with road accidents now the leading killer of children and young people between the ages of five and 29, the UN health agency said in a new report.

“These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

According to Friday’s report, “not a single low income country has demon strated a reduction in overall deaths”, adding that the risk of a road traffic death remains three times higher there than in high income countries.