Traffic SafetyBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7487.367 (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:367
- Dinesh Mohan, Henry Ford professor of biomechanics and transportation safety (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
On 7 April 2004 hundreds of organisations around the globe hosted events to raise awareness of road traffic injuries and their grave consequences and enormous costs to society. For the first time in the history of the World Health Organization, this day—world health day—was devoted to road safety. Dr Lee Jong-wook, WHO's director general, officially launched the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention in Paris and handed a copy to President Chirac. Around the same time Leonard Evans published his second book, Traffic Safety. In the preface Evans says he has tried to place more emphasis on policy and to go “to the heart of the problem, with unconstrained analysis of the inadequacies of government in one of its chief responsibilities—to protect life and enhance public safety.” The book, though centred on the United States, succeeds in doing this.
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According to WHO estimates, each day as many as 140 000 people are injured on the world's roads, more than 3000 die, and some 15 000 are disabled …