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Road safety in the first 1000 weeks: The big picture Thursday, 2 August.

Calvert, G

General

ACRS conference 2007

We’re here today because we know that on a per-capita basis, children and young people are significantly over represented in transport-related death and injury data. There can be no doubt that as a society we have a collective responsibility to reduce the rates at which children and young people die or experience serious injury and lasting disability as a result of transport-related trauma.

The questions I want to raise with you today are about the best ways to do that. Do we have the right focus? Which of our interventions are working and which are not? Are we seeing the whole issue in context, or responding to the traumatic experiences of a few? Are we crowding the debate on road safety with adult perspectives and interpretations of the issue?