Road safety around the world
Injuries from traffic accidents lead to over 1.2 million deaths every year around the world, are the ninth cause of death among all age groups at global level, and the main cause of death among young people of 15-29 years of age.
According to data from the WHO (part of the UN organisation), there are developing countries where deaths on the roads exceed in number those from illnesses such as malaria and AIDS. In 2030 injuries sustained in traffic accidents will be the fifth major cause of death around the world. In Spanish-speaking countries, such as the Dominican Republic, every year there are up to 42 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.1
1 The increased level of vehicle use in developing countries is leading to a significant increase in victims of road traffic accidents. Source: Global status report on road safety 2013
That is why the training of professionals responsible for improving road safety and mobility in general is a key element for reducing accidents.