Road traffic injury is largely preventable

Based on current knowledge, fatal and long term crash injury is largely predictable, largely avoidable and a problem amenable to rational analysis and remedy [54] [56]. Research and experience in North America, Australasia and Europe have shown that very substantial reductions in road deaths and serious injuries can be achieved against the background of increased motorization [65]. In 2004, the World Report of Road Traffic Injury Prevention [56] provided a global call to action and blueprint for effective intervention based on past best practice as well as innovative, ambitious ‘safe system’ approaches. International organizations such as the World Health Organization [56], the World Bank [6] [5] the OECD [53] [52] and the ECMT (now the International Transport Forum) [19] all acknowledge that the key to achieving better performance in road safety is by more effective safety management.


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