Dominican Republic and Cuba are two extremes in LatAm road deaths
Bogotá.- Cuba is Latin America´s only country with a traffic fatality rate under 10 per 100,000, while the Dominican Republic is in the other end with a 29.3 ratio, according to the latest World Health Organization global report on road safety, EFE reports.
The report released Monday reveals that traffic accidents kill 1.25 million people worldwide each year and injures 50 million more.
90% of all traffic fatalities occur in the low- and middle income category which includes all Latin Americans, and the reason they face a loss in GDP as high as 5%.
The overall rate of road deaths however has stabilized since 2007 despite increased both in the number of vehicles in circulation (16%) and people in the world (4%) in the last three years.
That’s because according to the WHO, some of the measures have been effective, but recommends staying alert to reduce deaths by half by 2020, as the Sustainable Development objectives stipulate.
The WHO report covers 180 countries, among them Venezuela, which according to figures from 2010 had a 37.2 death rate in traffic accidents per 100,000 inhabitants.
Oct 19, 2015
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