As a result of increasing fuel costs, the number of motorized two-wheeled vehicles (motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds) is increasing in every urban area, particularly in cities in developing countries. The number of motorcycle accidents is correspondingly increasing. For example, the proportion of motorcyclists out of total road accident casualties is 16% in Madras, India, and 57% in Surabaja, Java. Since most motorcycle accident victims are in the 17 to 34 age group, they represent great economic loss to a country. Improved traffic behavior and attitudes of all road users essential for accident reduction can be achieved by an integrated and continuous traffic safety education program starting from road crossing drill in early life, continuing through bicycle education in elementary school and motorcycle training in high school, to mass media campaigns in the later years. In cities of developing countries where a large proportion of motorcyclists are school dropouts, motorcycling and road safety instruction at government-sanctioned driver training schools are recommended. Such training should be completed prior to licensing.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 660, International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 1, p 221-8.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • VICTOR, D J
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389636
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 669
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM