Road Traffic Accident (RTA) and Injuries: Police Data Source and Their Potential for Monitoring trends and Risk Factors

Author (s): 

Maeda J M.

Problem:

  • Observed increase in accident trend Increase in related injuries
  • Evidence needed for effective preventive interventions and control

Objective

  • Explore police data sources and their potential for monitoring road traffic injuries trends and risk factors
  • To describe the police road traffic injury data system
  • To determine the usefulness of the police data in monitoring road traffic injury magnitude and trends

Conclusions:

  • Police data source is potential for trend and risk establishment
  • System has functioning structure with some operational challenges

Recommendations:

  • Develop a system description manual
  • System guidelines and SOP’s
  • Build capacity of the system in data
  • Ensure usage of information by active involvement of stakeholders 
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