Reducing pedestrian deaths and injuries due to road traffic injuries in Peru: interventions that can work

Authors

  • D. Alex Quistberg Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington, EEUU. Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington, EE.UU. Magíster en Salud Pública.
  • J. Jaime Miranda Programa de Investigación en Accidentes de Tránsito, Salud Sin Límites Perú. Lima, Perú. Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico, Magíster y Doctor en Epidemiología.
  • Beth Ebel Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington, EEUU. Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington, EE.UU. Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington, EEUU. Médico Pediatra, Magíster en Salud Pública y Magíster en Economía.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2010.272.1472

Keywords:

Accidents, traffic, Accident prevention, Legislation, Public health, Peru

Abstract

Pedestrians in Peru are the victims of the greatest proportion of road traffic fatalities in the world. In 2009, pedestrians were involved in 27% of road traffic incidents in Peru. This is a significant public health problem in Peru and it has important economic effects as well. We review the evidence for some of the solutions and interventions implemented in other countries that may work well in Peru to confront this problem via preventing pedestrian-vehicle incidents. Most importantly, deploying interventions such as area-wide traffic calming through speed bumps, roundabouts, better lighting, one-way streets, detours, and blocking some roads has the strongest evidence for reducing injuries and fatalities in pedestrians. Other interventions related to education and enforcement may have a role as well in very specific contexts, but overall designing and modifying the built environment is the most important intervention.

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Published

2010-06-25

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Symposium

How to Cite

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Quistberg DA, Miranda JJ, Ebel B. Reducing pedestrian deaths and injuries due to road traffic injuries in Peru: interventions that can work. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2010 Jun. 25 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];27(2). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1472

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