Policy at the Crossroads: Climate Change and Injury Control

This article describes how transportation policies designed to avert climate change could also provide opportunities for injury prevention. Reducing dependence on motorized transportation could significantly decrease road traffic crashes, improve air quality, and increase levels of active transportation modes such as walking and bicycling. A Poisson regression model using data on transportation fuel consumption and road traffic injury deaths in the United States suggests that if transportation fuel consumption had been reduced by 7% in 1990, there would have been 16,386 fewer traffic deaths in 2003 and 80,030 fewer road deaths between 1990 and 2003 had this reduction been maintained. Since climate change policy presents unprecedented opportunities for injury control, the injury prevention community needs to better appreciate and exploit the potential synergies.


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  • Accession Number: 01076486
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2007 11:39PM