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Road safety in less motorized countries~Relevance of international vehicle and highway safety standards
Published June 07, 2000 by Institution of Mechanical Engineers in United Kingdom
Road safety policies in highly motorized countries (HMC) have evolved over the last fifty years with input from research and academic institutions. However, such efforts have not gone into solving problems of road safety in less motorized countries (LMC). The traffic patterns, modal shares and accident patterns in LMCs differ significantly from those obtaining in HMCs. These patterns have not been experienced in the past by HMCs and so technologies and policies cannot be directly transferred from HMCs to LMCs without modifications. Basic principles of epidemiology and road safety need to be used to develop road safety policies suited for LMCs.