Report recommends tighter legislation and better road design to reduce traffic injuries and deaths

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:867
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Better legislation and its enforcement are needed to reduce the number of deaths and injuries associated with road traffic crashes in young people throughout Europe, a report published by the World Health Organization warns this week.

    Almost 32 000 people younger than 25 years in the WHO European region die after injuries caused by road traffic every year, making it the third leading cause of death in this age group. About half of the children younger than 15 years old who are killed die as pedestrians, whereas people aged 15-24 years are most likely to die while driving a car or motorcycle. Road traffic injuries are also a leading cause of attendance at hospital in these age groups.

    The policy briefing says that children and young adults need special consideration because they may not have the necessary skills and experience to handle road environments that …

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