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Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
BACCHIERI, Giancarlo and BARROS, Aluísio J D. Traffic accidents in Brazil from 1998 to 2010: many changes and few effects. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.5, pp.949-963. Epub Sep 16, 2011. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102011005000069.
The paper describes the situation of road traffic accidents in Brazil since 1998, when a new Brazilian traffic law was approved, up to the year 2010. A review of both academic and non-academic literature was carried out, including journals (both indexed and non-indexed), technical reports, author searches, searches in paper reference lists and direct contact with researchers. The main problems related to road traffic accidents in Brazil identified were the increase in the absolute number of deaths and in the mortality rates, a rapid increase in the number of motorcycles, and drink & driving. Influent authors in the field and centers of expertise were identified. Some potential solutions are presented by the authors, who suggest that the public offices related to traffic regulation and control are not taking suitable measures for control and reduction of road traffic accidents.
Keywords : Accidents [Traffic]; Accidents [trends]; External Causes; Accident Prevention; Review; Mortality; Pedestrian; Motorcyclists; Motor Vehicles.