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Motor vehicle deaths: failed policy analysis and neglected policy.
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PMID:  16961196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The author of a recent book inferred that the slowed decline in U.S. vehicle fatality rates in the 1990 s relative to other industrialized countries resulted from too much emphasis on vehicle factors. He claimed that Canada had the same vehicle mix but a lower fatality rate. Actually, U.S. death rates by make and model applied to Canadian vehicle sales indicates that Canada's death rate would be the same as the U.S. if Canada had the same vehicle mix and annual miles driven. The U.S. had much greater growth in sales of large SUVs and pickup trucks that are heavier and stiffer than passenger cars, contributing to excess deaths of other road users in collisions. They are also more unstable, contributing to excess deaths of their occupants in rollovers. Lack of policy regarding these vehicle characteristics is the primary reason for the attenuated decline in vehicular fatality rates.
Leon S Robertson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health policy     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0197-5897     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Policy     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-11     Completed Date:  2006-10-04     Revised Date:  2006-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006508     Medline TA:  J Public Health Policy     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  182-9     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic / mortality*
Automobiles / classification
Public Policy*
United States

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