• Augustus O. Atubi, Department of Geography & Regional Planning Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria;


Using mostly secondary data on vehicular accidents obtained from the Nigeria Police Force and Federal Road Safety Commission, the study examined the patterns of road traffic accident stretched over a 32-year period (1970-2001) in Lagos state. Analyses revealed that private cars, buses and taxis were more prone to accidents. The 16 harmonics for the selected Local Government Areas contributed above 90% of the total variance in the time series. This means that more than 90% of road traffic accidents in Lagos State could be attributed to recklessness on the part of drivers, ignorance of high way codes, over speeding, among others. Also, the dominant cycles of road traffic accidents observed in the study area have periodicities of 32.00 and 16.00 years, with the most dominant being 32 years. This means that the dominant and strongest road traffic accident pattern of Lagos State repeats itself every 32 years. Based on the findings, recommendations were proffered towards reducing the ugly incidence of road traffic accidents in Lagos State and Nigeria.


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