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Study on awareness of road traffic rules among drivers of rural area: A cross-sectional study

Anup Kharde, Abhishek Jain, Rutuja Phulambrikar, Amruta Kharde.


Background: Road traffic accidents (RTA) are a pandemic in current era, which destined to rise in the future, due to increase in a number of vehicular population in addition to increase in a number of aggressive road users. Most of RTAs are due to unawareness to road traffic rules. This could result into poor attitude and practices while driving.

Objectives: The objectives are (1) to determine the awareness of road traffic rules and (2) to study driving practice of drivers.

Material and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among drivers of rural area. A total of 207 participants included using simple random method. Information was obtained by face-to-face interview.

Results: Unawareness found more for the questions such as maximum permissible blood alcohol level while driving and minimum distance between two vehicles. Majority of drivers followed poor driving practices such as drinking and driving, over speeding, and use of mobile phone while driving.

Conclusion: The present study showed a lack of awareness regarding different traffic rules and poor driving practices among drivers.

Key words: Traffic Rules; Drivers; Rural; Road Traffic Accidents

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