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Citation

Lobb B, Harre N, Suddendorf T. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2001; 33(2): 157-165.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. b.lobb@auckland.ac.nz

Copyright

(Copyright © 2001, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

11204885

Abstract

This study evaluated a programme of educational and environmental (access prevention) interventions designed to reduce the incidence of illegal and unsafe crossing of the rail corridor at a suburban station in Auckland, New Zealand. Immediately after the programme of interventions, the proportion of those crossing the rail corridor by walking across the tracks directly rather than using the nearby overbridge had decreased substantially. Three months later, the decrease was even greater. However, the educational and environmental interventions were introduced simultaneously so that the effects of each could not be separated; nor could other unmeasured factors be ruled out. Anonymous surveys administered immediately before and 3 months after the interventions indicated that while awareness of the illegality of walking across the tracks had increased slightly, perception of risk had not changed. This suggests that the educational interventions may have had less effect than the access prevention measures.

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