In the Americas, 80% of road traffic victims are males. Each year, traffic accidents cause nearly 150,000 deaths and 5 million injuries. Pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists are most vulnerable to traffic injuries and are the most common fatal crash victims in most countries in the hemisphere. The principal risk factors include the use seat belts, helmets and child restraints, as well as excessive speed and alcohol consumption. Traffic safety is everyone's shared responsibility.
- Countries in the Americas need comprehensive legislation to reduce traffic deaths, says new PAHO/WHO report.