WHAT CAUSES ROAD ACCIDENTS?

The article discusses the cost of road accidents in Great Britain, and the factors which affect accident rates. The 1967 legislation concerning blood alcohol content had an immediate effect although the declining efficacy of this measure is noted as publicity was reduced. The limitations on driving hours for the operation of heavy goods vehicles introduced in 1970 also resulted in a reduction in accident rates. Although introduced in 1971, the green cross code for pedestrians did not affect accident rates until 1973 following a publicity campaign. Other factors such as fuel shortages and speed limits have also brought about a reduction in casualties. From a TRRL evaluation of factors contributing to accidents it was found human faults contributed to nearly 95% of road accidents. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1272-3
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: 6147
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
    • Serial URL: http://www.bmj.com/

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195440
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM