Road deaths hit record low, says ITF
According to the Paris based organization, which is part of the OECD family, for the first time ever the figure for road fatalities fell below 150,000 in the 52 member countries that it covers (excluding India).
This represents the biggest decrease since 1990, with a drop of 8.9% in 2008 compared to 2007.
Preliminary data for 2009 shows a continuing significant reduction in the number of road deaths for most ITF member countries, recording a drop of almost 10%.
'The moderating effects of the economic crisis on road traffic appear to be one reason for this favourable trend,' said Jack Short, secretary general of the ITF. 'But many governments can also take credit for road safety policies that are now starting to produce results.'
The ITF is holding its annual global mobility summit on “Transport and Innovation: Unleashing the Potential” in Leipzig, Germany, from 26-28 May. For more details, visit www.internationaltransportforum.org