Research Article

Exposure-Based, ‘Like-for-Like’ Assessment of Road Safety by Travel Mode Using Routine Health Data

  • Jennifer S. Mindell mail,

    Affiliation: Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL (University College London), London, United Kingdom

  • Deborah Leslie,

    Affiliation: Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia

  • Malcolm Wardlaw

    Affiliation: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

  • Published: December 05, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050606

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Societal versus individual risk

Posted by jacobsenp on 08 Jan 2013 at 22:54 GMT

I'm intrigued by the authors' brief discussion of the third parties killed in collisions. If male drivers aged 17-20 cause three times as many deaths as used in this analysis, then the reduction in road traffic injuries from less driving by that age group driving might be dramatic.

From a public policy perspective, total injuries -- not individual injuries -- seems the relevant measure.

I encourage the authors to continue their investigations.

No competing interests declared.

RE: Societal versus individual risk

jennym1 replied to jacobsenp on 09 Jan 2013 at 10:49 GMT

Thank you. Yes, this is our next study!

No competing interests declared.