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[Editorial] The peril and promise of traffic

Just after the new year, a bus in Peru plunged off a winding cliffside road following a collision, leading to over 50 deaths. The road lacked guardrails or other safety equipment. The incident dramatically underscores the conclusions from a World Bank Group report published last week, The High Toll of Traffic Injuries. Addressing the burden of road traffic injuries (RTIs) will not only save lives but can greatly increase the social welfare of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs).