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Asia Pacific

In Asia Pacific, the majority of people killed annually in road crashes are vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders. In fact, vulnerable road users account for 50% of all road traffic deaths in the region. 

As a result, we have developed and implemented innovative strategies toward making cities safer across Asia Pacific, in particular for these road users. All our programmes are designed to target and address the locally identified road safety risks, such as helmet-wearing, child pedestrian safety and speed.

We have achieved many successes to date across the region. Some of the highlights include:

  • Launching the ‘Safe to School – Safe to Home’ programme in Vietnam and China
  • Strengthening the legislation for motorcycle passenger helmet requirements in Cambodia
  • Guiding the development of strategic plans for drinking and driving enforcement in India, and training police in strategic and targeted enforcement

As part of the Decade of Action, our efforts have demonstrated that inexpensive, community-based projects can make a real and sustainable difference.

Cambodia China India Indonesia Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan Lao PDR Malaysia Philippines Tajikistan
Thailand Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Vietnam  

Deaths resulting from road crashes have worryingly increased day to day. Road crashes have become a main subject of serious concern to the Royal Government of Cambodia, which has considered it as the second biggest catastrophe after AIDS.

- Sou Phriin, Governor of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia