1. Road accidents claim at least one life every 23 seconds across the globe. And, according to the Global Status Report on Road Safety, India retains the dubious distinction of reporting the maximum number of road fatalities.

2. It also said that road traffic injury is now the No.1 cause of death among children and young adults aged 5-29 years, signalling a need for a shift in the current child health agenda, which has largely neglected road safety.

3. The spike in road deaths has come as a shocker considering that countries around the world had pledged to halve their road deaths by 2020 with United Nations declaring 2010-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

4. The death toll in the country at about 1.51 lakhs in 2016, the global agency has estimated it to be higher at nearly 3 lakhs, pointing to a huge gap between police and hospital data.

5. The more important aspect is enforcement and creating a situation where every violator fears getting caught every time.

6. Overall, the number of deaths increased in 104 countries during this period, including in India.


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