WHO calls for stronger road safety laws * Print * Email * Comments * Share * * toolbar sponsorship Published: June 20, 2009 at 4:57 PM Order reprints Related Searches * "stringent laws" search results * "road safety" search results * "World Health Organization" search results GENEVA, Switzerland, June 20 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization in Switzerland says its study of road safety throughout the world indicates a need for more stringent laws and enforcement. WHO Director General Margaret Chan said in a news release Monday the U.N. group found nearly half of the 1.27 million people killed annually in road accidents worldwide were either cyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians. "We found that in many countries, the laws necessary to protect people are either not in place or are not comprehensive. And even when there is adequate legislation, most countries report that their enforcement is low," Chan said. "We are not giving sufficient attention to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists many of whom end up in clinics and hospitals." The WHO study, which was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, focused on 98 percent of world's population. Information from 178 countries was used in the study. Among the issues raised by WHO officials include a lack of stringent helmet laws and a need for lower blood-alcohol concentration limits in some countries. © 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.