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Travel Health Journal

Road Safety

IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Travel and Road Safety – Know Your Risks

Did you know that the leading cause of death among travellers are road collisions? Statistics are consistently showing that the highest risk to travellers are traffic related injuries. According to a recent study done between 2007 and 2009 by the US Department of State on American travellers and expatriates, 32% of deaths reported were related to road accidents. As international tourism rates are on the rise and more people around the world are buying cars, many road safety and health advocates are sounding the alarm. In fact, the UN has declared 2011-2020, the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Left: Road traffic in Shanghai. Photo credit: Mr. Uncut Right: Sharing the road in Manila. Photo credit: Mr. Uncut Why ...