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The World in Medicine
May 16, 2007

Road Deaths

JAMA. 2007;297(19):2069. doi:10.1001/jama.297.19.2069-d

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization (http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2007/9241595116_eng.pdf). Nearly 400 000 individuals in this age group are killed each year and millions more are injured, mostly in low-income and middle-income countries.

Most of the young people killed in road crashes are “vulnerable road users”—pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and public transit riders. In the report, the agency suggested a number of measures to address the problem, including improving road infrastructure; promoting and enforcing the use of helmets, seat belts, and child restraints; prosecution of speeders and drunk drivers; and lowering speed limits.

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