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Traffic Safety Hardcover – August, 2004
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.. well written and easy to understand. -- insightful and thought provoking. -- Transportation Research Forum, Vol 44, Issue 1, 2005
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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The authors 1991 book "Traffic Safety and the Driver" received world-wide acclaim, and has been repeatedly called a classic. Readers of the August 2004 "Traffic Safety" who were familiar with the earlier book are universally agreeing that "Traffic Safety" is even better.
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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.
David B. Brown, PhD, P.E.
Director of Development
CARE Research and Development Laboratory
The University of Alabama
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.