The article discusses priorities for road accident prevention: more effective action against drink and driving, and legislation to make seat-belt wearing compulsory. There is also the need to reduce accidents involving children and young men (both motorcyclists and drivers) under 25, a group in which road deaths account for nearly half the deaths from all causes. Information is provided on what other countries do in relation to the mandatory wearing of seat-belts; drinking and driving as affected by the sale of alcohol in Sweden; and pedestrians generally in respect of traffic lights, school crossing patrols, school buses and pedestrian discipline where children are considered particularly at risk. It is suggested that young drivers particularly need instruction emphasizing safety margins and the need to avoid aggressive driving, and that one possible way of making this group safer would be to adopt the probationary licences (P) scheme as used in France. The question of conspicuous and protective gear and safety devices for motorcyclists (including scooter and moped riders) is discussed. Information and education related to specific risks, eg fatigue, drugs and their interaction with alcohol, elderly drivers and pedestrians is considered important, and it is suggested that doctors and other health professionals and the media could be particularly influential in that respect. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1979-2-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 328-31
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 6159
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195536
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM