Peru traffic accidents number one killer

Road crashes are a major public health problem in Peru due to poor public policy and transportation infrastructure failing to keep pace with increasing car use.  

Traffic accidents top the list of disease categories for lost healthy life years in Peru, ahead of pneumonia and alcoholism, and is the number one killer for children aged between five and 14 years. 

The Health Ministry warned recently that traffic deaths were largely due to lack of evidence-based public policy and transportation infrastructure, as well as the fact no single entity was responsible for traffic issues. 

Despite media reports attributing pedestrian accidents predominantly to “pedestrian imprudence”, experts believe the punitive approach is misguided, instead calling for more attention to policy such as reducing urban speed limits.

Lancet 2011; 377:543–544