Road deaths three times higher in poorer European countries

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4951
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Countries in the World Bank’s Europe and central Asia region need to develop a systematic response to improve road safety, to protect the health and economic wellbeing of their citizens, says a report, Confronting “Death on Wheels” Making Roads Safe in Europe and Central Asia.

    Several factors have contributed to rapid increases of deaths and injuries from road traffic incidents in these countries, which include the Commonwealth of Independent States (countries of the former Society Union), eastern and central Europe, the Baltics, and the Balkans, it says. These include weak road safety management capacity, deteriorated roads, unsafe vehicles, poor driver behaviour, patchy enforcement of road safety …

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