The first part of this book describes methods for preventing accidents which cause injuries. The second part covers the causes of accidents, including traffic accidents, and the third part describes the response of the community to the severely injured. Chapter 7 deals with traffic accidents. This reviews the magnitude of the problem in the United States of America, the costs of such accidents, and the road users who are most at risk (pedestrians, vehicle occupants, cyclists and motorcyclists). The causes of such accidents such as vehicle speed, driver attitude, and drunkenness are also discussed, as are means of preventing such accidents. The legislation currently in force to decrease accidents is presented and means of improving it are discussed. These methods include laws on drunkenness, breath tests, safety belt and crash helmet use, and increasing the age of licensure. Improvements in vehicle and highway design are also proposed. (Author/TRRL)

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    • Published as a supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1989. Prepared by the National Committee for Injury Prevention and Control.
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    Oxford University Press

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  • Publication Date: 1989

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  • Pagination: 318 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00609609
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-19-506248-5
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 000
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM