"The median age of death resulting from road traffic injuries is 33, occurring as individuals reach their peak productivity and begin raising young families. This is a huge tragedy for their families, but also for our country as a whole", noted Dr. Arturo Cervantes, Director General of the National Council of Injury Prevention in Mexico on the sidelines of a UN Road Safety Collaboration Meeting hosted by the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) partnership in April 2012.
Faced with considerable societal costs resulting from road traffic injuries, Mexico is embracing institutional collaboration between the main government agencies working to achieve road safety results. "We are addressing the question from the health sector perspective, with the Ministry of Communications and Transport as well as the Ministry of Public Security", Cervantes added, "as most of the victims end up in the hospital system". As highlighted in a GRSF-sponsored publication on optimal institutional arrangements, effective road safety management requires shared multi-sectoral responsibility and the establishment of a lead agency as a basis for effective country organization.