7th Jan, 2018
With a person dying on roads every 30 seconds - more than 3500 per day - over 1.25 million per year and as many as 50 million injuries worldwide, road crash has become a ninth leading cause of death globally. Road crashes are the fifth leading cause of women death, and top rank cause of death of youth having age 15-29. If no intervention is applied, road crashes will become fifth leading cause of worldwide deaths by 2030. Recognizing this fact, United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the period 2011 – 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety with a goal to stabilize and then reduce the projected 2020 death tolls by 50% through the support and active participation of all concerned stakeholders. In addition, the Global Action Plan recommends countries to develop their national action plans for the decade in a manner that is consistent or can be arrived forward to regional plans.