Department Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Sustainability and Tourism Position Professor
|Type||Research paper (Academic/Professional Journal)|
|Peer Review||Peer reviewed|
|Title||Drivers’ opinion on road traffic collisions in Semey city, Kazakhstan: a questionnaire study|
|Journal||Life Science Journal|
|Volume, Issue, Page||10(3),pp.1894-1899|
|Author and coauthor||Ayan Myssayev, Serik Meirmanov|
Road traffic collisions (RTC) fatality in Kazakhstan is the highest in European Region.
With a fast growing economy, vehicle density in Kazakhstan is steadily increasing, which means that the number of
people dying in RTC could continue to increase. Therefore, importance of developing and implementing traffic
policy is very high, and exploration of drivers’ opinion about risk factors could help to identify and prioritize current
problems. This study aimed to increase knowledge about pre-crash factors from road vehicles users. METHODS: A
questionnaire study on RTC was conducted with 302 drivers in Semey city, Kazakhstan. The drivers were
interviewed in 10 different parking facilities in Semey city, Kazakhstan, and participation was voluntary. The
questionnaire treated demographics, including gender, age, education and questions concerned drivers’ opinion
about RTC pre-crash risk factors utilizing three categories of Haddon’s matrix (human, vehicle/equipment, and
environment). RESULTS: The drivers were predominantly male and their average age was 34.3±11.9 years, 56.0%
were experienced and 44.0% were novice, 21.2% were professional and 78.8% non-professional drivers. There were
no significant differences between opinions of different drivers’ groups and the mostly mentioned RTC factors were:
low drivers’ discipline on the road (41.4%) and insufficient rate of drivers’ training program (26.2%).
CONCLUSIONS: In Semey city, Kazakhstan, human-related (drivers’ discipline on the road and drivers’ training
programs) factors should be firstly addressed in future traffic safety policy.