Car crashes a growing cause of death, U.S. study says

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Title: Car crashes a growing cause of death, U.S. study says
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Car crashes a growing cause of death, U.S. study says

Copyright 1997 by Reuters ** via ClariNet ** / Tue, 2 Dec 1997 15:41:52 PST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More and more people are being killed in car crashes, and traffic accidents will soon be the third leading cause of death worldwide after heart disease and strokes, U.S. experts predicted Tuesday.

``Traffic-related injuries and deaths are growing worldwide at an alarming rate, and even rising slightly in the United States despite stronger education and law enforcement efforts,'' Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater told a meeting in Washington.

``With nearly 42,000 Americans now dying annually on our nation's highways and nearly half a million dying worldwide, we must join together in a global traffic safety effort -- government and business, science and health professionals, the entertainment and media industries and everyday citizens -- to keep our streets safer and our families more secure,'' he said.

Half a million people are already killed every year in car accidents, a report by the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Harvard School of Public Health found.

The report, compiled last year as part of the annual Global Burden of Disease study but being re-released at the conference, found that 15 million people were injured every year worldwide in traffic accidents. Most were young men -- a growing population that will peak in the United States between 2005 and 2010.

As poor countries develop their economies and their citizens use cars, accidents will cost more and more lives, conference organizer Hans Holst of Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology said.

``We have to make sure that as developing nations become more mobile, their people have access to injury prevention information,'' Holst told the conference.

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