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Driver Fatigue and Road Safety on Poland’s National Roads

Department of Highway Engineering, Gdańsk University of Technology, Gdańsk, Poland. .
International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics: JOSE (Impact Factor: 0.35). 01/2013; 19(2):297-309. DOI: 10.1080/10803548.2013.11076987
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ABSTRACT This paper presents an overview of factors causing driver fatigue as described in the literature. Next, a traffic crash database for 2003-2007 is used to identify the causes, circumstances and consequences of accidents caused by driver fatigue on Poland's national roads. The results of the study were used to build a model showing the relationship between the concentration of road accidents and casualties, and the time of day. Finally, the level of relative accident risk at night-time versus daytime is defined. A map shows the risk of death and severe injury on the network of Poland's national roads. The paper suggests to road authorities steps to reduce fatigue-related road accidents in Poland.

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