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Book Review: Global Status Report on Road Safety by the World Health Organization

Global Status Report On Road Safety: Time for Action

By the World Health Organization; 287 pages

At first glance, the WHO's first ever report on worldwide road safety reaches a basic conclusion: healthwise, you're better off living in a rich country than in a poor one. Though they're home to less than half the world's registered vehicles, low- and middle-income countries account for more than 90% of traffic fatalities. The report succeeds in spelling out the global impact of those crashes in cold, hard cash. Traffic injuries cost a whopping $518 billion a year. Poor countries generally spend more money responding...

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