Curbing the war on our roads

by Ishani Hewage on May 23, 2013

Earlier this month, Risk Science Center’s Diana Bowman and a number of Australia’s leading road safety experts met in Melbourne, Australia for a one day workshop on a new road safety handbook that is currently in the works.

Diana, Associate Professor at U-M Risk Science Center and the Department of Health Management and Policy and one of the editors of the book, said that it will bring together insights from leading road safety, public health and regulatory scholars, along with leading figures from non-governmental organizations and industries in one book.

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According to the World Health Organization, about 1.24 million people die each year on the world’s roads with people aged between 15 and 44 accounting for 59% global traffic deaths. In addition, between 20 and 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries from traffic accidents.

Although, countries have made significant efforts to reduce the number of road deaths it continues to be an important public health issue.

“The authors of this books have decades of experience between them in fighting the ongoing war on our roads,” said Diana.

“The book will not only place road safety in its historical, social and ethical context, but it will outline what needs to be done in order to stem the growing number of deaths on our roads.”

The handbook, a collaboration between Michael Fitzharris of Monash University’s Accident Research Center, Saul Billingsley, of the FIA Foundation and Commission for Global Road Safety, and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center and the School of Public Health, is expected to be released by Edward Elgar next year.

The meeting of the authors also coincided with the UN Global Road Safety Week.

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