ASSESSMENT OF IMPACTS OF PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLE DRIVERS BEHAVIOR ON ROAD SAFETY
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The annual global cases due to fatalities caused by road crashes is alarming to a point it has become a global epidemic worth being considered a major public health. Estimate show that every year, 1.2 million cases of fatalities are reported globally attributed to road traffic crashes. The public service vehicle system in Kenya plays an important role in the daily transportation of people and the country’s economy. The country has experienced a rapid increase in the transport sector caused by rapid economic development. This has however come at a cost, accompanied with road safety problems resulting to an upsurge of road accidents. This study will therefore assess impacts of public service vehicle driver’s behavior on road safety. The objectives will be to: examine the effects of speedy driving; find out how mobile phone use while driving by PSV drivers affects road safety; find out how driving under the influence by PSV drivers affect road safety; and examine how playing loud music while driving by PSV drivers affect road safety. The study will make use of the Risk Homeostasis Theory and the Causal Theory in the study. It will adopt descriptive research design. Slovin’s formula will be used to arrive at a sample of 121. Data that will be obtained from the questionnaires will be analyzed using a statistical software (SPSS) while results will be presented in tables and graphs as percentages and frequencies.