- Friday, April 17, 2015
- Reality of Road Safety Conditions at Critical Locations in Nablus City with a Road Map for Future Interventi
Nablus occupies the second level among the Palestinian Governorates for the frequency of traffic crashes, while it was the first regarding the number of injuries resulting from traffic crashes during the years of this research which are 2009, 2010, and 2011.
This research aims to study the reality of traffic safety conditions at selected locations in the city of Nablus. Traffic crash data was collected with information about injuries based on crash reports from the Police Directorate in Nablus city for the study period. Data was collected at selected links and intersections in Nablus city, which are known as main and important locations with relatively sensitivity of traffic compared with other locations in the city.
Analysis was done for several patterns of traffic conditions that may have an effect on traffic safety at these sensitive locations, such as crash rate, weather, lighting, road surface, road geometry, types and causes of crashes …etc.
Studying the reality of traffic safety at these locations shows that certain conditions and patterns may contribute the level of safety. Many results emanated from this thesis, for example; pedestrian crashes form approximately 19.6% of crashes, approximately 2.6% of all crashes involved by old drivers, half of crashes on Al-Fatimah Intersection done during night lighting, female drivers caused only 6.6% of crashes with 23.0% of crashes of the intersections of Rafeedia and Tunes Streets, and no problem for pedestrians on Schools Street on the contrary with Rafeedia Street.
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This research and results form the road map for traffic crashes and road safety conditions studies in the city of Nablus at the selected strategic locations for improving the conditions of traffic safety, to reduce the number of crashes, and to protect citizens and their property.