World report on road traffic injury prevention

  • Published: World Health Organisation, 2004
  • Authors: M. Peden, R. Scurfield, D. Sleet, D. Mohan, A. A. Hyder, E. Jarawan and C. Mathers
  • Date Added: 11 Jul 2013
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


The central theme of this report is the burden of road traffic injuries and the urgent need for governments and other key players to increase and sustain action to prevent road traffic injury.

The specific objectives of the report are to:

  • describe the burden, intensity, pattern and impacts of road traffic injuries at global, regional and national levels;

  • examine the key determinants and risk factors;discuss interventions and strategies that can be employed to address the problem;

  • make recommendations for action at local, national and international levels.


Over 100 international professionals from the sectors of health, transport, engineering, law enforcement and education – among others – as well as the private sector and nongovernmental organisations, were involved in the development of this report.

Key Findings:

  • An essential tool for effective road RTI injury prevention is the adoption of a systems approach to:

    • identify problems;

    • formulate strategy;

    • set targets; and,

    • monitor performance.

  • Road safety efforts must be evidence-based, fully costed, properly resourced and sustainable.

  • The ‘systems’ approach seeks to identify and rectify the major sources of error or design weakness that contribute to fatal and severe injury RTIs, as well as to miti­gate the severity and consequences of injury.


System approach, Costing, Evidence based


Describes the system approach.