Journal of Contemporary Urbanology

Assessment of Intra-Urban Road Traffic Accident among Commercial Motorcyclists in Makurdi Urban Area

Marcellinus Akaangee Hula, M.Sc. (Department of Geography, Benue State University.)

Abstract

Commercial motorcycle operation in Makurdi town bridges the gap in urban mobility across the town. However, it endangers its operators, passengers and other road users. The study employed a multi-stage sampling technique whereby questionnaires were administered to motorcyclists and passengers at 14 designated terminals across Makurdi urban, and interviews on motorcyclists' safety measures conducted with motorcycle union officials and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). The findings of the study shows the category of the population mostly involved in commercial motorcycle operation are the youths within the age group of21-30 years. The study further observed that majority of the motorcyclists operate under the influence of drugs and other substances which lure them into excessive speed and competition on the road. Excessive speeding has been adjudged the major cause of accidents among motorcyclists in Makurdi town. For this and other reasons 51.8% of the passengers now prefer buses to motorcycle which has a perceived higher risk of accidents. The study concluded that there is need for extensive awareness campaigns on the use of safety crash helmet, psychoactive substances and safety education by law enforcement agencies, FRSC, National Agencies for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Finally the study recommends a holistic approach to development of intra-urban transport system in Nigeria.

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