REDUCING TRAFFIC INJURY IN AMERICA: U.S. OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES. ROADWATCH - INAUGURAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE, PROCEEDINGS, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, NEDLANDS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, 11 JUNE 1990

Injury Control is now one of the U.S. Government's three top health priorities, along with AIDS and chronic diseases. Motor vehicle crashes are still the cause of far more deaths each year than any other mode of transportation and nearly equal heart disease and cancer in their health consequences as measured in years of potential life lost. Improving traffic safety requires changing driving behaviour, reducing hazards on the roadway, and improving vehicle crashworthiness. A new National Transportation Policy calls for a nation-wide campaign to increase public awareness of road trauma, promote improved driver training, and build support for more effective traffic law enforcement. The policy also recognizes the importance of greater attention to pedestrian safety, occupant protection and the special needs of older drivers. The U.S. Public Health Service has proven fertile ground for "institutionalizing" traffic safety issues within a broad public health context. The public health sector plays a key role in any plan to promote road safety. Although a set of national objectives and goals to reduce traffic injuries in America by the year 2000 has been developed, there is need, both in the U.S. and in Australia, for a more precise definition of what constitutes effective road safety programmes, more resources to implement these programmes, and priorities assigned to research in traffic injury prevention. (Author/TRRL)

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    University of Western Australia

    Department of Medicine
    Nedlands, Western Australia,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Sleet, D
  • Publication Date: 1990

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00609842
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM