Road safety pertains to the measures taken to reduce the risk of road traffic injuries and death. Through intersectional coordination and collaboration, countries in the Region of the Americas can work improve their road safety legislation, creating a safer, more accessible, and sustainable environment for transport systems. It is essential that countries implement measures to make roads safer not only for car occupants, but also for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.
Road Safety Week 2019
The Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 6-12 May 2019. This year theme is “Leadership for road safety”, the goal of is to generate a demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide. Stronger leadership is needed to advance road safety in countries and communities worldwide and it is key to achieving road safety targets.
- Report: Status of Road Safety in the Region of the Americas, 2019 (PAHO)
- Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week (May 2019)
- Road safety in the Americas: Key Facts (2018)
- WHO Global Report on Road Safety (2018)
- Webinar: Fundamentals of Road Safety and launch of the Report on Road Safety in the Americas (July 2016)
- Brasilia Declaration
- Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2010
- Trends in fatal motorcycle injuries in the Americas, 1998-2010
Road Safety Facts
- The Region of the Americas accounts for 11% of global road traffic deaths with nearly 155 000 deaths. It accounts for 13% of the total world population and 25% of the total number of registered vehicles.
- The Region of the Americas has the second lowest road traffic fatality rate among WHO regions with a rate of 15.6 per 100 000 population.
- Car occupants account for 34% of the road traffic deaths, motorcyclists account for 23%. Pedestrians represent 22% of the deaths while cyclists represent 3% and 18% of the deaths are from other categories or not specified.
Road Safety Stories
- Uruguay: road safety policies reduce mortalities
- Mexico: Guanajuato and its shared commitment to road safety
- Salvador, the city that reduced road traffic deaths by more than 50%
Road Safety and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030
Due to the significant global health burden caused by road traffic deaths and injuries, road safety has been included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all Member States in September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages:
Target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from
road traffic accidents.
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient
Target 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and
sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably
by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs
of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.