TREATING TRAFFIC DEATHS LIKE A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE

Road crashes are estimated to be the 10th leading cause of death globally. The World Resources Institute has released a study that calls for preventing the 1.25 million global traffic deaths each year by implementing an approach that shifts responsibility away from drivers and pedestrians, and onto city planners and other officials. Researchers indicate that governments should treat traffic deaths like a public health issue, or a preventable disease, that can be fixed through better sidewalk and road planning, public transportation improvements and better urban design. The report is named Sustainable & Safe: A Vision and Guidance for Zero Road Deaths, and can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2msnhMW (.pdf file)