How to prevent road traffic injury and death
Sunday, February 2, 2014 |
More than a milliion people die each year in traffic accidents. Canadian Press/Eric Dreger
The World Health Organization has a top-ten list of diseases that kill. On that list, alongside scourges such as tuberculosis, heart disease and cancer, you will find "road traffic accidents".
The WHO reports that about one-and-a-quarter million people die every
year doing what we all take for granted: driving on the road,
crossing the road as a pedestrian, cycling or riding on a motorbike.
Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 29.
Ian Johnston has devoted his life to turning those numbers around. He is a world-renowned specialist in the area of road crash prevention
and has headed dozens of road safety organizations and research
groups in his native Australia, including the Victoria state
government's road safety program.
Australia has been a leader
in this area, as the first country on the planet to introduce compulsory
seatbelt laws, helmet laws for cyclists and motorbikes, and a low
Johnston is the author of Eliminating Serious Injury and Death from Road Transport - A
Crisis of Complacency.