Why a Decade of Road Traffic Safety?

This article, the first in a special supplement that describes the current United Nations campaign called the Decade of Action for Road Traffic Safety (2011-2020), considers the factors that underlined the need for this safety campaign. The authors note that each year, 1.24 million people die as a result of road traffic collisions around the world, and millions more are left to deal with disabilities of their nonfatal, typically musculoskeletal, injuries. They contend that reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with road traffic injuries will not only reduce suffering but will also reduce the economic impact and increase available resources that can be used more effectively. The article reviews some of the data available thus far (World Health Organization data released in 2013) and the demographics of road traffic collisions worldwide. One section discusses the importance of terminology and getting away from the use of the word “accidents,” especially when trying to tackle these issues from a public health perspective. The authors conclude by calling for orthopedic surgeons to become involved in this collaborative road safety initiative.

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  • Accession Number: 01559977
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2014 3:07PM