Poor quality data are major obstacle to improving road safety, says World Bank

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

Richard Scurfield is the leader of the transport sector of the World Bank's Transport and Urban Development Department

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

At the national level it is essential that there is a very high level of government commitment to tackling road safety, with strong support from all relevant agencies. These are generally numerous—hence in most countries it is necessary to establish a national road safety council to coordinate activities. All relevant agencies should be represented on the council—the road authorities, traffic police, education and health ministries, local governments, interested private companies and …

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