How can road safety be improved? The BMJ asked four experts for their views

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1116

More people die on the roads than from malaria, says WHO chief

Etienne Krug is director of the department of injuries and violence prevention at the World Health Organization

Who should be primarily responsible for road safety on a national and international level?

This is an important question. At present road safety is seen as everybody's responsibility and therefore nobody is being held accountable. Clearly, for a problem that globally causes about 1.2 million deaths and injures 10-15 million people a year, responsibilities should be assigned.

Road safety is everybody's responsibility—the road users, governments, donor organisations, academia, and non- governmental organisations. However, what is needed is a commission or agency in each country that will coordinate a …

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