INVESTIGATION OF ELK ACCIDENTS IN THE COUNTY OF NORRBOTTEN, SWEDEN 1978

UNDERSOEKNING AV AELGOLYCKOR I NORRBOTTENS LAEN 1978

The study aims at obtaining answers to questions such as, when, where and how do elk accidents occur and who meets with them. It draws upon 294 police reports of elk accidents during 1978 in the province of Norrbotten. The drivers involved were asked to answer a questionnaire comprising the following variables: vehicle, light conditions, traffic conditions, lighting, when was the elk discerned, speed, road standard, surrounding terrain, knowledge, damage/injury, previous experience. The answers received were compiled in frequency and cross tables. The results show that the drivers, irrespective of speed, speed limit or knowledge of elk danger often did not see the elk before the collision, or saw it so late that he was unable to react. There was no over-representation of any age group or sex of driver. Accidents mainly occurred in darkness and at dawn. Surprisingly enough one fourth of the accidents occurred at places described by drivers as open field with good visibility. The author concludes that measures aimed at drivers to reduce the number of accidents have limited effect. Instead long-term measures must be taken to prevent elks from coming into conflict with road traffic. In the meantime the number of elks must be kept at a suitable level by shooting. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Trafiksaekerhetsverket

    Oevre Norra Distriktet
    Luleaa,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Pettersson, G
    • SVEDBERG, A A
  • Publication Date: 1979

Language

  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM