The incidence of driver distraction on road safety in Bangladesh

Driver distraction is an important cause of crashes and has emerged as a major issue in road safety nowadays in the whole world. Drivers are distracted due to multiple reasons while driving. Distraction is allowed if it is at an acceptable level which can be adapted by the drivers for safe driving. But under certain conditions these adapted strategies fail and cause crashes on the road. Though distraction had been given a vital importance throughout the world in recent years, no such research studies were carried out in Bangladesh. Indeed, Bangladesh is facing considerable road safety challenges. As many as 50 people are killed in road traffic crashes daily. Vulnerable road users are the worst sufferers being by far the largest group of the mishap. Distraction and inattention of drivers of heavy vehicle such as trucks and buses including minibuses play a significant role in the causation of such crashes and casualties. Therefore, the necessity was felt to carry out a research study on the extent, nature and causes of distraction of drivers in Bangladesh for taking pragmatic actions that may help reduce distraction crash risks. The study in particular focuses on the prevalence and effects of distracting activities of drivers while driving in Bangladesh. This paper summarizes some preliminary insights into these factors, activities and issues of drivers’ distraction in Bangladesh. The drivers’ behavioral problem characteristics dictate that there is a real need for strengthening effort in bringing about changes in attitudes of drivers towards safe driving through minimizing the driver distraction activities.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: 4th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI2015), Sydney: proceedings

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01594975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 15481
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2016 10:53AM