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Jackisch, Josephine and Sethi, Dinesh and Mitis, Francesco and Szymañski, Tomasz and Arra, Ian (2015) European facts and the Global status report on road safety 2015. Copenhagen: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

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This publication assesses countries' laws and practices on key risk factors – such as regulating speed appropriate to road type, drink–driving, and use of seat belts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints – for their effectiveness in reducing the risk injury. The assessment shows that many countries need to strengthen their road safety legislation and its enforcement to protect their populations, improve road users' behaviour and reduce the number of crashes. For example, while comprehensive laws on seat belts in line with best practice cover 95% of the Region's population, laws for speed adequately protect only 47%; the corresponding figures for use of helmets, against drink–driving and for use of child restraints are 45%, 33% and 71%, respectively. Much can be gained from improving the safety of vehicles, improving road infrastructure and promoting sustainable, physically active forms of mobility as alternatives to car use. Concerted policy efforts with safe systems approaches are needed to protect all road users in the Region.

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
Alcohol, All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Source
Date
November 2015
Pages
21 p.
Publisher
World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
Place of Publication
Copenhagen
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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