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UN urges world action to cut 1.3 million road deaths in half

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The UN General Assembly’s first high-level meeting on road safety called Friday for global action to cut the annual toll of nearly 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries in traffic crashes by at least half by decade’s end. The political declaration adopted by consensus on the final day of the two-day session says traffic deaths and injuries not only cause widespread suffering for loved ones but cost countries an average of 3% to 5% of their annual gross domestic product. It says that “makes road safety an urgent public health and development priority.” The delegates urged all countries to …

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