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Understanding of Traffic Signs by Drivers – A Case of Akure City, Ondo State, Nigeria

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Author Makinde, Opeyemi Oluyemisi, Opeyemi, David A
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 608-612
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 7
Issue Date August 01, 2012
Publishing Date August 01, 2012
Keywords Understanding, Traffic signs, Drivers Characteristics, Traffic Safety



Abstract

Traffic signs as a Traffic Control Device for traffic safety aims to regulate and control traffic by providing information about the road and its environment for road users. This study investigated the understanding of traffic signs by drivers in the city of Akure with respect to their personal characteristics such as age, marital status, gender, and educational background. A total of 20 symbolic warning and regulatory-prohibitory signs were investigated. 200questionnaires were prepared and distributed within the various motor parks in Akure, 185 of the questionnaires were returned. The analysis showed that there is a low understanding of traffic signs by drivers. The average percentages of drivers who correctly understood the warning and prohibitory signs were 67 and 58%, respectively. Age, Education and years of driving experience played prominent roles in drivers’ understanding of signs, however marital status and gender had no effect.


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