In connection with a reflector compaign in Espoo an investigation was also made into children's attitudes to the use of reflectors. In the investigation, 1,635 pupils of elementary schools in Espoo were interviewed about the use of reflectors, and information relating to use and opinions about the use of reflectors. Results: A reflector, either in clothes or in shoes, was owned by 88% of the children. The majority of childern (0ver 66%) had received their first reflector at home. Every fourth child (26%) had obtained it at school (kindergarten or elementary school). More than 40% of the children preferred a pendant-type reflectors. It was followed in popularity by various figures fixed in clothes. Age and sex did not essentially affect the selection of reflector type. Nearly one-half (46%) of the children make their trip to school by foot or bicycle having to share the route with other traffic. Every third child can use a pedestrian or bicycle path. The possession of a reflector was not dependent on the mode of travel or on the existence of pedestrian and bicycle path in the area. The route to school is fully illuminated for 35% of the children, partially illuminated for 53% while 11% of the children have to use a fully unilluminated road. Children living in unilluminated areas had relatively less reflectors, which is probably due to the fact that in these sparsely inhabited areas, the majority (72%) of the children are taken to school by school transport vehicles. There was a slight uncertainty about the best position of the reflector. Sixty-six percent of the children knew that a reflector must be placed on the side of the roadway. An entirely correct reply (as low as possible on the side of roadway) was given by only 22% of the children. Nearly all of the child (89-99%) kenw when a reflector is necessary. They were not as certain of the necessity of reflectors in towns. Two-thirds (66%) of the children recommended that reflectors should be made obligatory. The most important reasons for the low rate of use of reflectors were that they are not considered useful, that their use is considered childish and that reflectors are hard to use. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Central Organization for Traffic Safety, Finland

    Sitratie 7
    FIN-00420 Helsinki,   Finland 
  • Authors:
    • Oranen, L
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141033
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM