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Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2015;22(2):165-71. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2013.876050. Epub 2014 Feb 5.

Fatal motorcycle crashes: a growing public health problem in Cambodia.

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a Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health , 1415 Washington Heights , Ann Arbor , MI 48109 , USA.

Abstract

This study examines the risk characteristics of fatal motorcycle crashes in Cambodia over a 5-year period (2007-2011). Secondary data analyses were conducted using the Cambodia Road Crash and Victim Information System, the only comprehensive and integrated road crash surveillance system in the country. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Handicap International found that (1) males are dying in motorcycle crashes roughly seven times more frequently than females; (2) motorcyclist fatalities increased by about 30% from 2007 to 2011; (3) the motorcyclist death rates per 100,000 population increased from 7.4 to 8.7 deaths from 2007 to 2011; and (4) speed-related crashes and not wearing motorcycle helmet were commonly reported for motorcyclist fatalities at approximately 50% and over 80% through the study years, respectively. Additionally, this study highlights that Cambodia has the highest motorcycle death rate in South-East Asia, far surpassing Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. By recognising the patterns of fatal motorcycle crashes in Cambodia, local road-safety champions and stakeholders can design targeted interventions and preventative measures to improve road safety among motorcyclists.

KEYWORDS:

Cambodia; helmet; helmet wearing; motorcycle; road safety; speeding

PMID:
24499413
PMCID:
PMC5463745
DOI:
10.1080/17457300.2013.876050
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