Road Traffic Accident Among Motor Vehicle Drivers in Selected Highways

This study assesses the knowledge of the motor vehicle driver about the causes of road traffic accidents. The cross sectional study was conducted over three months in 2002 among 107 motor vehicle drivers selected from bus and truck terminal and taxi stands in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The study showed about 55.1% learned driving from a friend. Out of 107 respondents, 20.6% felt that very high speed is one of the reasons for road traffic accidents. Almost 40% claimed poor maintenance of roads was a major cause, while 46.7% said headlight defects. About 35% responded that one of the reasons for very fast driving is to increase earnings. This may be the reason for the accident proneness of the society along with factors such as family pressure and job dissatisfaction. Most of the drivers who took part in this study used light vehicles (54.2%) and the rest used heavy (30.8%) and medium-light (15%) vehicles. Most of the respondents (67.3%) were working as professional drivers for over 3-6 years. There was a significant relationship between very fast driving and defective roads. The overall results suggest that road traffic accidents could be reduced through formal education, proper implementation of traffic law and an increased level of public awareness through mass communication.

  • Authors:
    • Bari, M H
    • Shampa, R M
    • Khanom, K
    • Ahmed, M
  • Publication Date: 2004-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 165-168
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000254
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 6 2005 12:00PM