Department   Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University  College of Sustainability and Tourism
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2014/06
Type Research paper (Academic/Professional Journal)
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title The characteristics of road traffic fatalities in Kazakhstan’s Semey region, 2006-2010: a descriptive retrospective study
Contribution Type Corresponding
Journal Iranian Journal of Public Health
Volume, Issue, Page 43(6)
Author and coauthor Myssayev A, Meirmanov S, Rakhypbekov T, Bulegenov T, Semenova Yu
Details Background: Kazakhstan, a developing middle-income country, has the highest road traffic collision (RTC) mortality in the European Region. Aim: To determine epidemiology and main characteristics of road traffic fatalities in Semey region, Kazakhstan; to compare findings with National data and middle-income European countries.Materials and Methods: This descriptive, retrospective study assesses RTC mortality rates and epidemiology in the Semey Region of East Kazakhstan Oblast. Data of 318 road traffic fatalities were analyzed for the 5-year period of January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2010.Results: Over the study period, the average road traffic mortality in the Semey Region was 12.1 per 100,000 population with downward trend by 35.1% (p=0.002). The victims mean age was 37.1 years. Males predominated at 74.5%. Vehicle fatality was the most common mode of fatality at 61.3%. The majority of collisions, 53.1%,occurred on highways. Most victims, 67.3%, have died at the scene of collision; in 67.3% of fatalities, autopsies identified multiple injuries as cause of death. The high number of fatal collisions took place in “no snow” season (p<0.001), with an overall 5-years downward dynamic.Conclusion: Lower road traffic mortality and prominent seasonality in Semey region comparatively to National level; higher proportion of males, pedestrians and car occupants among road traffic fatalities; high proportion of death on scene in case of highway collisions  comparatively to middle-income European countries - are specific for Semey region, Kazakhstan. These data could be useful for determining of risk factors in development of road
safety policy framework in Kazakhstan.
ISSN 2251-6085