Ask the Boda Boda and Tuk Tuk Drivers

More research is needed in low-resource countries with soaring road traffic injuries and deaths. Catherine Staton, of Duke University, and colleagues found one promising strategy for research. They surveyed motorcycle taxi drivers in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Tanzania looking for road traffic hotspots—places with lots of crashes. They compared the findings with police data and found a good match and some additional dangerous areas.

The data collection was inexpensive and could be integrated into road safety planning, including speed bumps, helmet use campaigns and better road conditions and signage.

Duke Global Health Institute

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