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Citation

Jegede FJ. Accid. Anal. Prev. 1988; 20(3): 227-243.

Affiliation

Dept. of Geography and Regional Planning, Ogun State University, Nigeria.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1988, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

3382500

Abstract

Studies on road traffic accidents in developing nations have been very scanty. In Nigeria in particular not much is known about accident phenomena. This paper is an account of a scientific investigation into the spatial and temporal characteristics of road traffic accidents in Oyo State, Nigeria. The study is based, principally, on the Nigerian Police Official documented road traffic accident statistics from January 1980 to December 1984. The study examined general features of road traffic accident occurrence in the state and undertook a critical analysis of both temporal and spatial dimensions of the problem. The study identified six traffic zones that could be designated as accident Black Spots in the state, to which priority attention should be given in any road safety programme. Moreover, the study attempted to explain some of the complex factors that might account for the observed spatial and temporal variation in road accidents frequency and fatality. Significantly, the study observed a consistently high number of road accidents during the months of March, September, and December, while fluctuatingly high and low accident figures are recorded for other months of the year. Some possible reasons for this temporal trend in accident occurrence is discussed.

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