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Journal Article
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Brown, Tazhmoye; McGrowder, Donovan A.
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Article Title
Road traffic epidemic in contemporary Jamaica: Implications for governance and public policy.
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Journal Title
Asian Social Sciences
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
2008
Volume ID
4
Issue ID
10
Page(s)
182-191
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Abstract
Road traffic accidents, the leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults are being recognized as a growing public health problem in Jamaica. The study examines road traffic accident injuries and fatalities in Jamaica among road users, as well as by categories of fatalities, gender, motor-vehicle, time-of-day and location. In the period 2001 to 2005, the highest number of victims was between 20 29 years of age. Of the 1,856 road traffic accident victims from 2001 to 2005, the highest number occurred in 2002 (408), while the least in 2005 (326). There was a greater incidence of road traffic accidents during daytime between 0600h and 1800h (53.2%) and mainly on weekends (52.6%). Pedestrians were the most likely victims of road traffic accidents, thus accounted for 30.2% (667), followed by private motor car drivers 16.9% (374) and private motor car passengers 16.6% (368). The study concludes that road traffic injuries impacts on long and short-term wealth, affecting families and public health.....
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