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  . 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 . In 2004, the World Report of Road Traffic Injury Prevention  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 , the World Bank   the OECD   and the ECMT (now the International Transport Forum)  all acknowledge that the key to achieving better performance in road safety is by more effective safety management.