The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, says over 40,000 people die annually from road traffic crashes in Nigeria.

The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dauda Biu, said this in Abuja during activities marking the 7th United Nations Global Road Safety Week.

He said these road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death and disability in the country.

He also said 1.3 million people were killed and as many as 50 million people injured each year globally.

According to him, there is no greater threat to people aged 5-29 years than road traffic crashes, as one in every four deaths occurs among pedestrians and cyclists.

The FRSC boss said the United Nations had developed a global plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.

He said it had an ambitious target to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries, which would be by 50 per cent by 2030.

According to him, taking action to ensure safe roads, vehicles and behaviours and improve emergency care is paramount.

This, he said, was to ensure safety at all costs, adding that the road network must be designed in consideration of the vulnerable road users who were the most at risk in mind.