Traffic safety has been evaluated using a variety of measures, including fatality rates per kilometer driven, per licensed driver, per registered vehicle, and per population. In this paper it is argued that while each of these measures has a role to play, from the viewpoint of public health the appropriate measure is the rate per population. The reason for this argument is that it is the only measure that allows us to compare the death toll from road transportation with that from other leading causes of death, and thereby assist us in setting priorities more appropriately for research and countermeasure implementation. As an illustration of the use of using rates per population, this study analyzed the data from 32 European countries and the U.S., to provide information about the comparative safety levels from the public-health perspective. In addition to the fatality rates from all accidents, analyses were also performed on fatality rates for single-vehicle, multiple-vehicle, and pedestrian accidents.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: v.p.
  • Serial:
    • VTI Conferens
    • Publisher: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
    • ISSN: 0347-6049

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 4A, Part 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 1996 12:00AM