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How to avoid automobile crashes

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By Chang Se-moon

In late February this year, I received an email from the International Transport Forum (ITF) that explained their wonderful work in lowering road fatalities. This email reminded me of my own experience in India.

From Aug. 10 to 12, 2009, I went to India to participate in a conference in honor of my doctoral dissertation director, Professor Krishna Kumar. The conference was held at the Indian Institute of Management in the beautiful city of Bangalore.

There was no tour bus although Bangalore is a city of well over a million residents. We hired a private driver to take us to nearby attractions. On a two-lane highway, there was a farm truck coming at full speed from the opposite direction in our lane.

We avoided the truck and were told that no one in India pays attention to traffic regulations. On our return trip on the same day, we saw one person killed on the same road, but almost no one paid attention.

According to the ITF, 1.3 million people die on roads worldwide every year, meaning that 3,500 people are killed every day in car crashes.

When we talk about road safety, Vision Zero comes to mind. To find out more about Vision Zero, I visited my........

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