• Augustus O. Atubi, Department of Geography and Regional Planning Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria


From the review of the developments in road traffic accidents, it shows that road traffic accident studies has experienced gradual but progressive growth from some what amorphous descriptive study to its present status of an academic field of study with much more innovations of new techniques. It is evident from the review that there are distinctions between road traffic accident developments in developed and developing nations due to differences in their socio-economic development. Given the huge burden of road traffic accidents and their public health importance and the general public outcry, there is need for more sustained intervention efforts that go beyond public pronouncements and ad-hoc activities such as setting road-blocks or short term crack down in vehicles not road worthy. Such efforts should address broader road safety policy issues on the various underlying causes. For this to happen, it is important to enlist political will and commitment for road traffic injury prevention.


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