The majority of countries across the world are either short of or not enforcing the laws that address the growing problem of traffic deaths and injuries, according to a report from World Health Organisation (WHO).

The report, Global status report on road safety analyses the implementation of a number of effective road safety measures by countries.

It also says that the pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists are the most affected among the estimated 1.27m deaths in road traffic crashes every year.

However, progress has been made towards protecting people in cars neglecting the needs of these vulnerable road users.

Traffic injuries are the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, and public health experts say that without intervention they will rise to the fifth within 20 years.

According to the health organisation, about 90% of traffic injuries occur in developing countries, and the majority of victims are young, suggesting large economic losses for poor countries.

The measures to be taken for controlling road mishaps includes building sidewalks, raised crossings and separate lanes for two wheelers, limiting speed, reducing drink-driving, and increasing the use of seatbelts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets.