- Number of pages: 30
- Publication date: 2016
- Languages: English, Spanish
- ISBN: 978-92-75-11912-9
Road traffic injuries in the Region of the Americas kill some 154,089 people each year, representing 12% of the road traffic deaths worldwide. The road traffic death rate for the Region as a whole is 15.9 per 100,000 population, lower than the global rate of 17.4. However, this regional rate masks wide variations from country to country. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists (considered to be vulnerable road users) make up 45% of road traffic deaths in the Region. Deaths among motorcyclists increased 5% between 2010 (15%) and 2013 (20%), which highlights the need to further protect these road users.
Legislation is key in the effort to improve road user behaviour and decrease road traffic casualties. Most of the Region´s countries need to tighten their laws dealing with road-safety risk and protective factors to bring them in line with international practices.
This report reflects current road safety information from 31 Member States. It indicates the regional, subregional rate of road traffic deaths and country specific information on road safety management. This document also provides the legislation analysis of the priority factors - drink-driving, speed, use of helmet, use of seatbelts and child restraint.