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PEREZ-NUNEZ, Ricardo; HIJAR, Martha; CELIS, Alfredo  e  HIDALGO-SOLORZANO, Elisa. Road traffic injuries in Mexico: evidences to strengthen the Mexican road safety strategy. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.5, pp.911-925. ISSN 0102-311X.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-311X00026113.

Based on a review of secondary data and the scientific literature and an analysis of the ENSANut-2012 database, the current study provides a comprehensive overview of the current burden of road traffic injuries (RTI) in Mexico and analyzes the country’s social response to RTI. The high collision, injury, mortality, and disability rates associated with this public health problem represent a high cost for Mexican society, especially for families. The paper argues that the Mexican response has focused on vehicle occupants while overlooking vulnerable road users and has prioritized strategies with limited effectiveness. Although the country’s existing legislation addresses the main risk factors, enforcement has been limited. Finally, the paper makes some recommendations for strengthening the Mexican strategy to prevent RTI, such as safe, equitable, healthy, and sustainable mobility for all types of road users. Despite some strides in RTI prevention, there are still challenges and opportunities to be addressed in the future.

Palavras-chave : Traffic Accidents; Health Public Policy; Health Surveys.

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