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Road Traffic Injury Prevention  -  World Health Organization

While there are many interventions that can save lives and limbs, political will and commitment are essential, and without them little can be achieved.  The time to act is now.  Road users everywhere deserve better and safer roads. 

Rather than simply chalking accidents down to human error, the design and layout of the road, the nature of the vehicle, and traffic laws and their enforcement  -  or lack of enforcement  - affect behaviour in important ways.  The traditional response has been to get people to adopt “error free” behaviour through public information campaigns.  The more effective approach is to focus on the better design of the entire “transport system”, which should be aimed at minimising risk and protecting vulnerable road users.

Studies show that motor vehicle crashes have a disproportionate impact on the poor and vulnerable in society.  The cost of prolonged medical care, the loss of a family breadwinner, the cost of a funeral, and the loss of income due to disability can push families into poverty .IRINNEWS.org  Oct 23, 2005

 

 
Quotes
“Passing the driving test qualifies someone to go out on the road and continue to learn to drive” 
Martin Adams  U.K. Auto Association.

 

Driving Humor

When I went to get my driver's license renewed, our local motor vehicle bureau was packed. The line inched along for almost an hour until the man ahead of me finally got his license. He inspected his photo for a moment and commented to the clerk, "I was standing in line so long, I ended up looking pretty grouchy in this picture."The woman beside him peered over his shoulder, then reassured him, "It's okay. That's how you're going to look when the cops pull you over anyway."

 

Josh was  helping Sally, the blonde, clean out the trunk of her car. Inside, he noticed a bag labeled "Emergency Repair Kit". Looking at it a little closer, he noticed a stick of dynamite inside. Thinking that was a bit strange, he asked Sally what it was for.

She said, "It's part of my emergency repair kit." Josh said, "I can see that, but why?" Sally replied, "In case I have a flat and need to blow up one of my tires."