Crisis and road safety. Is there a connection?

Although some may consider these kind of affirmations as “difficult to verify”, a study conducted by a British organization dedicated to improving road safety confirms that the lower the level of family income, the higher the probability of having an accident traffic, all through a statistical study of quite deep.

The investigation of the British agency RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the UK, maintains that there is a direct relationship between socioeconomic status and the risk of a road accident.

To demonstrate, RoSPA focused its analysis on the economic level of a number of people, finding out where they lived and what his family situation is. After the results converted into a percentage of risk. Thus, for example, reached conclusions as curious as that children from families with low income are more likely to suffer a hit because they spend more time playing in the street and do near busy roads, rather of closed sites, or the likelihood that a child dies due to collisions unemployed parents is 20.6 higher than a child with busy parents, rising to 27.5 times when using the bike.

Therefore, RoSPA recommends that these types of factors are taken into account when launching road safety campaigns, since, in his view, the social status seems key in adopting strategies to reduce accidents. The organization advocates a partnership between health professionals and road safety.

The latest report from the World Health Organization, reveals that 1.2 million people die each year in traffic accidents, one of the ten leading causes of death. It is expected that, if no action is taken, the figures may increase in the future and reach fifth place in 2030 as the cause of death globally. In any case, caution and proper driver education, trying to keep as much as possible outside the socio-economic families are the best prevention against road accidents.


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