Traffic Fatalities and Corruption

By Paul


An interesting paper- Traffic Fatalities and Public Sector Corruption by Nejat Anbarci, Monica Escaleras, and Charles Register. Abstract;

“Traffic accidents result in 1 million deaths annually worldwide, though the burden is disproportionately felt in poorer countries. Typically, fatality rates from disease and accidents fall as countries develop. Traffic deaths, however, regularly increase with income, at least up to a threshold level, before declining. While we confirm this by analyzing 1,356 country-year observations between 1982 and 2000, our purpose is to consider the role played by public sector corruption in determining traffic fatalities. We find that such corruption, independent of income, plays a significant role in the epidemics of traffic fatalities that are common in relatively poor countries.”

World report on road traffic injury prevention;"Every day around the world, more than 3000 people die from road traffic injury. Low-income and middle-income countries account for about 85% of the deaths and for 90% of the annual disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost because of road traffic injury. Projections show that, between 2000 and 2020, road traffic deaths will decline by about 30% in high-income countries but increase substantially in low-income and middle-income countries. Without appropriate action, by 2020, road traffic injuries are predicted to be the third leading contributor to the global burden of disease and injury."

Multi-country study on helmet wearing

Ten Leading Causes of Death- US

'Psychological' traffic calming

International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD)

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