The article contains edited and shortened extracts from the 1983 white paper and 1982 accident statistics. Policies and measures to reduce accidents and increase safety in road, rail, sea and all traffic over the last 15 years are discussed. The number of people killed in road accidents decreased for nine consecutive years from 1971 but has shown an increasing trend since 1980. The greater proportion of fatal accidents involved two-wheeled vehicles. Age groups most at risk were youths aged between 16 and 19 and people over 70. Drunken driving and driving at too high a speed caused a large proportion of the deaths, and an increasing number involved collisions with structures. Operational accidents at railway crossings accounted for nearly half of all rail traffic accidents which have steadily decreased. Air traffic accidents decreased in number but casualties increased due to one severe accident. Measures to reduce accidents discussed include programmes to improve driver skills and behaviour, better isolation of pedestrians and cyclists, and improvements in design of safety features of vehicles. Automatic train stopping devices and improved harbour facilites are also discussed. (TRRL)

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    Athens Center for Ekistics

    P.O. Box 471
    Athens 13L,   Greece 
  • Publication Date: 1984-4-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 250-255
  • Serial:
    • Ekistics
    • Volume: 51
    • Issue Number: 306
    • Publisher: Athens Technological Organization
    • ISSN: 0013-2942

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM