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Traffic Safety

by Leonard Evans

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British Medical Journal, February 12, 2005
highly readable, entertaining, and educational volume on the scientific evidence regarding road safety interventions.

Choice (American Library Association-ALA), February 2005
It is truly an enjoyable and easy book to read. Evans has included some great stories to illustrate concepts.

Transportation Research Forum, Vol 44, Issue 1, 2005
.. well written and easy to understand. -- insightful and thought provoking.

The Lancet, October 16, 2004
Evans is a brilliant scientist whose work deserves to be read. 

Israel Medical Association Journal, January 2005
The encore is even better than the original 1991 classic, "Traffic Safety and the Driver"

Journal of the American Medical Association - JAMA, August 10, 2005
Drivers will learn tips for being safer - but chapter "The Dramatic Failure of U.S. Safety Policy" is the showstopper.

Choice (American Library Association-ALA), February 2005
It is truly an enjoyable and easy book to read. Evans has included some great stories to illustrate concepts.

Book Description
Book Description "Traffic Safety" applies the methods of science to better understand one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. More than a million people are killed annually in traffic worldwide. This 2004 book is even better than the author’s 1991 classic "Traffic Safety and the Driver". The present book covers many safety policy topics. "Traffic Safety" goes to the heart of the problem, with unconstrained analyses of the inadequacies of government in one of its chief responsibilities – to protect life. A dramatic development since the earlier book is that the United States has fallen far behind other countries in traffic safety. Prior to the mid 1960s, the US had the world’s safest traffic. By 2002 it had dropped from first to sixteenth place in deaths per registered vehicle, and from first to tenth place in deaths for the same distance of travel. Over 200,000 more Americans were killed in traffic than would have died if the US had matched the safety progress in such better performing countries as Britain, Canada, or Australia. This topic is treated in detail, and explanations are offered for the ongoing US failure.

From the Publisher
The author’s 1991 book "Traffic Safety and the Driver" received world-wide acclaim, and has been repeatedly called a ‘classic’. Readers of the August 2004 "Traffic Safety" who were familiar with the earlier book are universally agreeing that "Traffic Safety" is even better.

From the Inside Flap
More than a million people are killed on the world’s roads every year. The total keeps increasing. In a typical month, more people are killed on the roads of the United States than were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Unlike other causes of death, traffic victims are mainly young. Prior to their crashes, most victims could look forward to long healthy lives. Traffic crashes are one of the world’s major public health problems, yet this is inadequately recognized by government and public. Traffic Safety uses the methods of science to examine the deaths, injuries, and property damage from traffic crashes. Results derived from many disciplines, including psychology, sociology, medicine, epidemiology, criminology, biomechanics, economics, physics, and engineering are synthesized into easily understood relationships. Readers familiar with the author’s 1991 classic book Traffic Safety and the Driver will find the same strengths in Traffic Safety. However, Traffic Safety has features not present in the earlier book. Traffic Safety presents for the first time a large number of results and graphs not published elsewhere. These new findings augment the comprehensive review and synthesis of what has been learned from the world’s mainly post-2000 literature. Countermeasures are critically examined, and firm conclusions reached regarding those that have been successful and those that have not. Traffic-safety performance in different countries is compared. United States safety policy is shown to be obsessed with factors that have little effect on safety, while neglecting important factors. The result has been a disaster for the nation. If the US had matched safety progress in Canada, Britain and Australia, 200,000 fewer Americans would have been killed between 1979 and 2002, Bold recommendations on ways to make much better future progress in all countries are presented. A reviewer of the author’s 1991 "Traffic Safety and the Driver" wrote "This is a book for everyone interested in making roads safer". This statement is even more applicable to "Traffic Safety".

About the Author
About the Author Dr. Leonard Evans is arguably the worlds most recognized, respected, and prolific traffic safety researcher. In addition to receiving most of the world's traffic safety honors and awards, he has been elected a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has been president of the International Traffic Medicine Association and president of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, the only person to hold both these offices.

Dr. Evans is president of Science Serving Society, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a one-man organization he formed in 2000 to continue research and related professional activities after completing a 33-year research career with General Motors. His doctorate is in physics from Oxford University, England.

His 1991 book "Traffic Safety and The Driver" has been repeatedly called a classic. His August 2004 book "Traffic Safety" has been repeatedly described as even better!



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