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Improving Motorcycle Taxi Driver Visibility in Tanzania

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01733537
First received: November 21, 2012
Last updated: August 6, 2013
Last verified: August 2013

November 21, 2012
August 6, 2013
February 2013
June 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Use of reflective or fluorescent clothing [ Time Frame: 3-5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
The use of reflective or fluorescent clothing will be compared between the intervention and control groups over the observation period
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01733537 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
  • Wearing White Helmet [ Time Frame: 3-5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The use of white helmets will be compared between the intervention and control groups over the observation period
  • Daytime Running Headlights [ Time Frame: 3-5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The use of daytime running headlights will be compared between the intervention and control groups over the observation period
Same as current
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Improving Motorcycle Taxi Driver Visibility in Tanzania
Improving Motorcycle Taxi Driver Visibility in Tanzania—A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

The purpose of this study is to determine whether providing motorcycle taxi drivers with a free reflective fluorescent vest will result in increased use of reflective or fluorescent clothing compared to education about wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing alone.

Road traffic injuries are the 4th leading cause of death among individuals in the economically productive age group (age 15 to 59) in low and middle income countries. The Africa region currently has some of the world's highest traffic injury rates, with vulnerable road users, including motorcycle riders, bearing a disproportionate share of the injury burden.

Motorcycles are a rapidly growing form of transport in Africa, both for personal and commercial transportation. Conspicuity measures—factors that increase a motorcycle rider's visibility—for the prevention of motorcycle crash have been previously studied and found to be associated with a decreased risk of crash.

Motorcycle taxi drivers are a particularly high risk population for motorcycle crash as they operate a motorcycle for several hours a day. Reflective, fluorescent safety vests are a common article worn by motorcycle drivers in some locations; however, penetration of such clothing in Moshi is currently low. This study aims to increase use of reflective vests among commercial motorcycle drivers. We will test whether provision of a free reflective, fluorescent vest increases use of reflective, fluorescent clothing compared to education about wearing reflective, fluorescent clothing alone.

Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Accidents, Traffic
  • Other: Free reflective, fluorescent vest
    Motorcycle taxi drivers in the intervention arm will receive a free reflective, fluorescent vest
  • Behavioral: Education
    Both arms will receive brief, basic education about recommended measures to increase their visibility
  • Experimental: Vest and Education
    Motorcycle Taxi Drivers provided with a reflective, fluorescent vest and basic education about recommended measures to increase their visibility
    Interventions:
    • Other: Free reflective, fluorescent vest
    • Behavioral: Education
  • Education Alone
    Motorcycle Taxi Drivers provided with basic education about recommended measures to increase their visibility
    Intervention: Behavioral: Education
Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
180
June 2013
June 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • motorcycle riders who identify themselves as motorcycle taxi drivers
  • individuals must work at least 2 days a week as a motorcycle taxi driver
  • have a telephone number for ride solicitation
  • have a license plate that is able to be recorded
  • are at least 18 years old
  • are willing to have us contact them in the future for repeat surveys

Exclusion Criteria:

  • motorcycle riders who do not meet the above criteria
  • motorcycle riders who do not consent to participate
Both
18 Years and older
No
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Tanzania
 
NCT01733537
Pro00034415, 1R25TW009337-01
No
Duke University
Duke University
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania
  • John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC)
Principal Investigator: Nathan M Thielman, MD, MPH Duke University
Study Director: Steven A Sumner, MD Duke University
Duke University
August 2013

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