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Traffic Safety Hardcover – August, 2004
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Drivers will learn tips for being safer - but chapter "The Dramatic Failure of U.S. Safety Policy" is the showstopper. -- Journal of the American Medical Association - JAMA, August 10, 2005
Evans is a brilliant scientist whose work deserves to be read. -- The Lancet, October 16, 2004
It is truly an enjoyable and easy book to read. Evans has included some great stories to illustrate concepts. -- Choice (American Library Association-ALA), February 2005
The encore is even better than the original 1991 classic, "Traffic Safety and the Driver" -- Israel Medical Association Journal, January 2005
highly readable, entertaining, and educational volume on the scientific evidence regarding road safety interventions. -- British Medical Journal, February 12, 2005
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Dr. Evans lucidly draws and thoroughly supports some very cogent and important conclusions, e.g., the US has placed far too much emphasis on making cars into crash-survival cells-assuming that a crash is inevitable-and not nearly enough on preventing crashes in the first place. While many of his suggestions for remedying this have significant merit and warrant careful consideration by the regulatory community, Evans does make some suggestions that may have theoretical merit, but are probably impractical and/or impracticable in the real world, e.g., mandatory speed governors on all vehicles.
Evans also does an excellent job of soundly and robustly documenting and supporting his opinions, e.g., the auto safety rubric in the US places doctors, lawyers and politicians in charge of policies that should instead be administered by engineers. He skillfully and incisively excoriates a regulatory system gone horribly wrong without sounding as though he's hysterically pushing conspiracy theory or a self-serving agenda (cf. Ralph Nader).
Evans' comparative analysis of the results of various countries' overall traffic and road safety regulation schema is enlightening, educational and-for those of us in North America-alarming.
The writing is lively and clear. There are tables and graphs throughout the book illustrating key data and principles. The early chapters cover the fundamentals of traffic safety. Later chapters build on this to analyze controversial subjects such as the dangers of SUVs, older drivers, and airbags. The heart of the book is the last two chapters analyzing the tragic mistakes that have been made in US traffic safety policy, why they happened, and a proposal for a more rational traffic safety policy.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fascination read on an important subject that receives too little attention. It should be required reading for anyone in the field or involved in traffic safety policy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dr. Evaams has correlated and summarized the important aspects of motor vehicle crash dynamics up to the time of publication of his revised work. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by John H. Siegel
This book contains a lot of information. It is written very clear and I can advise it to everyone who is really interested in traffic safety.Published on December 30, 2009 by D. M. Jansen
Whether you are a traffic safety researcher, professional or advocate, Leonard Evans' new book on the subject is essential reading. Dr. Read morePublished on May 30, 2005 by David B. Brown
Similar to the earlier text by the same author, this book is well written and easy to understand. Besides the inclusion of newer research data, this book also has a stronger... Read morePublished on December 27, 2004 by Richard Tay
This is one truly wonderful book by one of the world's safety pioneers, and one of the most brilliant minds in traffic safety today.Published on October 5, 2004 by Mark L. Rosenberg
A MASTERLY AND COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE FIELD OF TRAFFIC SAFETY BY THE GLOBAL EXPERT. AS EXPECTED FROM THIS AUTHOR, THE LUCID AND WITTY STYLE MAKES READING THIS BOOK A... Read morePublished on August 31, 2004 by C. Gillespie