Friday, January 15, 2010

Developing nations' pandemic: The car

The Vancouver Sun, January 9
Authors: Peter Dauvergne, Laura Lee and Miro Cernetig

On an average day, automobiles now kill more than 800 people and injure as many as 34,000 every six hours

The World Health Organization now ranks traffic accidents as the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 29. By 2020, automobiles will kill 1.9 million people each year. Within five years of today, the automobile will be the No. 1 killer of children aged five to 14. In short, the automobile has become the 21st century's technological pandemic.

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