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CEO Perspective

Road Safety’s Expansion Will Save Hundreds of Thousands of Lives

  • Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for 5-29 year-olds globally.
  • Over the next six years, Road Safety will work in 15 countries and 30 cities.
  • The expansion aims to save 600,000 lives.

Statement from José Luis Castro, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vital Strategies, on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $240 million reinvestment to expand the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety:

“Traffic crashes have grown to become the leading killer of the young aged 5-29 globally. Today’s investment by Bloomberg Philanthropies is a step toward a healthier, brighter future, and will save millions from preventable road injury or death. To date, we’ve proven that progress is possible anywhere in the world through enacting good legislation, strengthening data systems, designing roads with people as the priority, and pairing strong media campaigns with enforcement. We’re proud to continue as an implementing partner in expanding these important protections to cover hundreds of millions more people.”

More than 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads each year. Traffic crashes are the eighth leading cause of death globally.