Worldwide, 1.24 million people are killed in road crashes each year. Affordable road improvements, such as footpaths, safety barriers, bicycle lanes and paved shoulders save lives.

This simple analysis helps to illustrate the benefits – in terms of deaths and serious injuries prevented and economic savings – that could be achieved over 20 years by improving just 10% of each country’s roads. The analysis supports the case for including road safety in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which are currently being created.