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Infrastructure boom offers fresh start on Asian road safety

Human and economic toll 'staggering' in low and middle-income countries

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A car drives along a road in the Altyn-Emel national park in Almaty region, Kazakhstan.   © Reuters

It might be the world's deadliest, least known conflict. The latest available figures from the World Health Organization show that road accidents claimed at least 1.25 million lives in 2013, more than twice the death toll from the war in Syria. Nor is the carnage confined to far-off lands. It is happening in countries from America to Australia, and increasingly, in developing Asia.

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