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Car-Crash Epidemiologist Pushes Systemic Attack on Bad Driving

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Science  06 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6030, pp. 657
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6030.657

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Jin Huiqing has pioneered a new field in China: traffic accident epidemiology. Based on Jin's findings, the U.N. Global Compact Cities Programme in 2006 anointed Jinan, capital of Shandong Province, a traffic safety pilot city. The $70 million project is due for a 5-year review, and the statistics are tilting in favor of its chief scientist and mastermind: On Jinan's roads, the rates of traffic accidents and fatalities have declined steadily. Experts have called for extending the safety program to other cities.