An Assessment of Road Safety Knowledge of Drivers and Community An Impact Evaluation of the Project Intervention


The end line study was initiated by the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC. Underlying the aim of BRAC road safety programme is to achieve zero fatal road accident; the community centric existing knowledge was evaluated. The end line survey assessed the participants from the community based organisations, community road safety groups, students and drivers of both motor and non-motor vehicles. The respondents of end line survey were same as the baseline study area that had been intervened over one year project duration. The study intended to understand the project impact on individuals and group level knowledge, attitude level of drivers and community members towards achieving road safety. In order to map changes over time between baseline and end-term periods, the end line study included two groups of respondents - intervention (treatment) and control groups. The findings were represented mostly of quantitative nature. The project intervention had achieved positive results in some indicators of road safety awareness; e.g. license and other necessary papers of vehicles, driver training, fitness of vehicles, traffic rules, traffic signs and symbols, and frequency of road accident. On the other hand, the map changes were not found satisfactory in case of obeying the traffic rules and regulations of the drivers, addiction in smoking or drug and the tendency of receiving mobile call during the drive. The students were much aware on traffic rules or other related road safety matters. On the issue, they gathered knowledge from their teachers mostly rather than parents. But the implications of the student knowledge were not seen at the field level. The overall community centric knowledge and awareness on road safety had been increased and, at some individual cases, they moved alone for road safety issues as their proven ownership to maintain the roads at the community level. Finally, the community deserved an administrative support jointly with their efforts in further advancement of road safety.

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  • Writer Name: Polin Kumar Saha
  • Published Date: Thursday, 08 March 2018
  • Country: Bangladesh