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The Challenge - Q&A's

How many children are killed in road traffic crashes each year around the world?

186 300 children die each year from road traffic crashes around the world – that’s more than 500 children every day. In fact road traffic injury ranks among the top four causes of death for all children over the age of five years. 

From where are the children who are most likely to be killed or injured in a road traffic crash? 

While the road safety challenge is a global one, the children most likely to die in a road traffic crash live in the world’s low- and middle-income countries, where 95% of road traffic fatalities among children occur. Rates vary across regions. Even within countries, children from economically poor backgrounds are at greatest risk. 

How are age and sex factors in determining a child’s risk of a road traffic crash? 

Children of all ages are at risk of being involved in a road traffic crash. Boys account for nearly twice as many road traffic deaths as girls worldwide. This increased risk for boys is thought to be due to greater exposure to traffic, as well as a tendency for boys to take more risks than girls, especially as adolescents.

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In September 2015, the world signed up to the Global Goals, a set of sustainable-development goals to make the world fairer, greener, safer and cleaner. 

The #SaveKidsLives campaign has been pushing for a road safety target. We celebrate the achievement of two road safety targets in the SDGs, including:

By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents!

Goal 3.6 


This is our 2020 Action Agenda!

We want to see real progress. Governments of the world have together agreed a target to halve road deaths by 2020. How can this be achieved? We’re calling on our leaders to take immediate steps to reach this target. 

2020 Action Agenda



"Help us keep every child, in every country, safe on the roads today, tomorrow and always. Together we can and we will #SaveKidsLives."

Anthony Lake
UNICEF Executive Director 





Below are more resources to get even smarter. 
Learn why we need action now!

World Health Organization

10 Strategies to Keep Kids Safe 
Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015

UNICEF / Fia Foundation

Safe to Learn report
Safe Roads for All: Delivering the Global Goals