“Increasing numbers of vehicles on the roads can lead to higher numbers of poor people killed or injured in road crashes. This is both a human tragedy and an enormous cost to the economy".
So says the new strategy paper from the UK Department for International Development. You can read the full document here http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-DFID/Quick-guide-to-DFID/How-we-do-it/Building-our-common-future/ . It is another encouraging sign that road safety is entering the development mainstream.
DFID has also announced that it is joining the World Bank's Global Road Safety Facility, providing financial support for the Moscow conference to enable low income governments to attend, and sending its Minister of State, Gareth Thomas, to the conference in November.