Proceedings of the 24th World International Traffic Medicine Association Congress, Qatar 2015
  • ISSN: 2223-0440
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On any given day, almost 3400 people die globally due to road traffic accidents. The global status report from WHO in 2013 estimates that in India alone approximately 231,000 people are killed due to RTAs yearly. The majority of the victims are unfortunately children, elderly and innocent pedestrians. Due to these astonishing numbers, in 2014 the UN General Assembly, in union with a dozen countries, adopted a resolution of “Improving global road safety”. The aim of this study is to assess the basic road safety knowledge and practices among the youth in a medical college in Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu. The data was collected through a cross sectional study using a semi structured questionnaire which was distributed to around 300 medical students. The data collected was then analyzed using standard statistical tests through SPSS. Of the 300 students, around 170 (56.6%) were female and 130 (43.3%) were males. All students were in the age range of 20-25 years. Overall safety awareness was more among the male population (76%) as compared to the female (70%). Majority (73%) of the participants also had a decent knowledge of safe road practices such as maintaining speed limits, wearing seat belts, waiting in zebra crossings, observing traffic signals and road signs. Majority (72%) also knew that talking, listening to loud music can be distracting during driving and driving under the influence can be fatal. However, approximately 40% of these same students admitted that they don’t put their knowledge to use and frequently fail to practice proper road safety. Thus, this study illustrates the need not only to provide education about road safety but to provide training and instigate stronger roles of local governments to implement these safer road practices. Only then can we effectively reduce the occurrence and morbidity of RTAs.


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