A Dangerous Road

Road traffic fatalities plague Brazil’s northeastern cities despite moves to tighten safety laws over the past decade. Researchers from 2 Brazilian universities examined the situation in Arapiraca, a city of about 200,000 that saw 76 road traffic fatalities per 100,000 people in 2015. In the main trauma facility, 2 patients injured in a traffic accident—most involving motorcycles—came in every hour over a 6-day period. More than 1/3 of patients who agreed to be given a breathalyzer test were intoxicated.

Stricter enforcement of existing drunk-driving laws and a stronger push for behavior change are clearly needed, the researchers say.

Source: The Lancet Global Health

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