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System-Wide Approach Needed To Improve Road Safety In India

The Lancet: India needs shift in thinking to improve road safety
Dinesh C. Sharma, journalist, columnist, and author based in New Delhi

“A new road safety law is under discussion in India but experts worry that it won’t go far enough to address the country’s huge burden of road traffic deaths. … Ultimately, prevention of road traffic accidents will be key through the better design and operation of city and rural roads as well as highways, improved safety standards for motor vehicles, and promotion of safe public transportation. Better enforcement of road safety regulations and education of road users will improve the situation, but long-term public health benefits will only be achieved through a system-wide approach. Whether the final version of the proposed road safety bill will achieve this goal remains to be seen” (4/4).

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