TRAFFIC SAFETY OF ELDERLY PEOPLE FROM THE PSYCHOLOGIST'S VIEWPOINT

DIE VERKEHRSSICHERHEIT DES ALTERNDEN MENSCHEN AUS DER SICHT DER PSYCHOLOGEN

Old people as pedestrians in road traffic are subject to higher risks of accidents. In Austria in 1975, 8908 pedestrians were killed or injured; of these 32% were women and 21% men over 65 years old. Thus the percentage of older women involved in accidents was greater than the proportion of accidents to children aged between 5 and 14 years (28%). Incorrect behaviour during crossing the road must be regarded as the cause. The incorrect behaviour can be attributed to increased processing time for information and impaired adaptability. The area of experience comprising road traffic is associated in the minds of old people with predominantly unpleasant ideas (danger, fear, stress, etc) and thus produces negative attitudes to behavioural norms. Enhanced safety is anticipated in this respect from measures involving traffic education such as group discussions. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Road Safety Board, Austria

    Oelzeltgasse 3
    A-1030 Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • ZUZAN, W
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189415
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM