Date: Jan 24, 2016
By: AFP, DAVOS, Switzerland
The head of Formula One’s ruling body, Jean Todt, on Friday said he was lobbying rich and powerful people to support his mission to have road accident deaths considered a “pandemic.”
Speaking to reporters at the annual gathering of policymakers and business moguls at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Todt said: “We need to get some visibility of this problem.”
About 1.25 million people are killed in road accidents each year, costing national governments more than US$500 billion.
The solution, the Frenchman said, can come through technology — cars in Europe have for years been equipped with ABS braking and other gadgets, which have helped reduce deaths. [FULL STORY]