Want to live longer? Slow down, says WHO

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 05 2017 05:39 PM

MANILA - If you want to live longer, watch your speed while on the road. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged motorists to slow down, in a bid to curb road traffic injuries. 

According to the organization, more than 1.2 million people die from road traffic injuries every year and in the WHO Region for the Western Pacific alone, nearly 900 people are killed daily on the roads, with speed being a major factor in most of the crashes.

"Each one of these deaths is a tragedy that could and should have been prevented. Even those who survive horrible crashes often end up with lifelong disability," said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

WHO made the call ahead of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, scheduled May 8-15.

More than its impact to the victims, road accidents also affects the country's economy since accidents leave people unable to work or care for themselves.

"Like other serious health issues, the poorest and most vulnerable are at greatest risk and the most affected by road traffic injuries," WHO said. 

WHO also called on law enforcers to religiously implement traffic rules, particularly speed limits.

''If every vehicle on every road slowed down even a little, there would be fewer crashes – and certainly fewer serious injuries and deaths,'' Shin said.