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Road traffic accidents kill an estimated 1.3 million people and injure 50 million people per year globally, and global road fatalities are forecast to reach 1.9 million by 2020. It is estimated that the number of deaths from road accidents in Asia is about 700,000 per year, accounting for more than half of the world’s road fatalities even though Asia accounted for only 43 per cent of the global vehicle population in 2007. These numbers are very high compared to other parts of the world. The ESCAP secretariat estimates that, by 2020, about two thirds of the world’s road traffic fatalities might be in the ESCAP region.

In consideration of the importance of and wide interest in the subject, once again road safety was chosen as the theme for the current issue of the Bulletin which comprises of six articles.

Article 1: Road safety scenario in India and proposed action plan – by P.K. Sikdar and J.N. Bhavsar;

Article 2: Development of national road safety targets and intervention initiatives in Malaysia – by Rohayu S., Hizal Hanis H. and Radin Umar R.S;

Article 3: Effectiveness of speed enforcement in Thailand: current issues, need for changes and new approaches – by Piyapong Jiwattanakulpaisarn, Kunnawee Kanitpong and Paibul Suriyawongpaisal;

Article 4: Road safety problems in Bangladesh: some major initiatives, constraints and requirements – by S.M. Sohel Mahmud, Md. Shamsul Hoque and Abdus Shakur Qazi;

Article 5: Sustainable and replicable road safety solutions for the lower- and lower middle-income countries based on the Viet Nam model for increasing motorcycle helmet use – by Kathryn Lankester and Greig Craft; and

Article 6: Sociological analysis of the road safety situation in Cambodia: historical, cultural and political aspects – by Socheata Sann, Sophea Sok, Tom Brijs and Marjolein De Jong.