This report presents a review of the road accident problem in selected cities in developing countries. It shows, for a number of cities, the distribution of accidents by type of road, class of road user and vehicle involved. It was found that in the cities studied, the road accident fatality rates (per licenced vehicle) were up to thirty times greater than in cities in the developed world. Studies of road-user behaviour carried out in a number of Third World cities are described. Results show driver behaviour to be markedly poorer at pedestrian crossings and signal controlled junctions in the Third World cities than at similar sites in two cities in Great Britain. A range of remedial measures that can be introduced at relatively low cost in Third World cities are described. (A)

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