COLOUR BLINDNESS AND ROAD TRAFFIC

FARBUNTUECHTIGKEIT UND STRASSENVERKEHR

The first part deals with the legal aspect of the problems of total color blindness in drivers in Austria, and a survey is made of international handling of the problem of protanopia. In the second and psychological part the author comes to the following conclusions after studying the pertinent literature: 1 - up to now no certain figures have been provided on accidents involving color-blind drivers; 2 - the displacement of the maximum brightness of daylight vision of color-blind persons does not mean they are a danger on the road; 3 - the color sensitivity time threshold is not increased for the colors relevant to the road, as long as signal installations correspond to specifications; 4 - there is a suspicion that the shortening of the spectrum of persons suffering from protanopia (less than 1 percent of all drivers) means that they have a tendency to be involved in rear-end collisions. It is therefore proposed that instead of continuing with expensive series of tests which are not sufficiently accurate, a stricter control be kept on the study of color weaknesses and other visual defects such as peripheral vision weaknesses, high sensitivity to glare and reduced visual acuity.

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    Manzsche Verlags- und Universitaetsbuchhandlung

    Kohlmarkt 16
    A-1070 Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • Nussbaum, C
    • Hosemann, A
  • Publication Date: 1973-8

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 248-255
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1975 12:00AM