Study of factors related road traffic injury in Thaklong Town Municipality, Pathumtani province: A Comparison between before and during COVID-19 pandemic

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Sutanya Wangkeeree
Krit Prasittichok
Chonlawat Chaichan
Wachiraporn Wanichnopparat
Krisada Mahotarn

Abstract

Traffic accidents are the major causes of death and disability, which affect the economy of the whole country. Previous studies showed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of road traffic injuries tended to decrease as the disease control measures were announced. Therefore, this study aimed to compare factors related to traffic injuries in Thaklong municipality, Pathum Thani Province before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. This retrospective analytical study was performed using data collected from the first response unit (FR), Thaklong municipality, Pathum Thani. The results showed 2,676 cases were collected in this study. There were statistically significant differences age, road user, accident patterns, response time, and incident dispatch code before and during the COVID-19 pandemic (p-value<0.05). The results of statistical analysis using univariable logistic regression and multiple logistic regression revealed that people under 20 years old (OR=0.65, 95% CI: 0.50-0.84) were 35% less likely to be injured in a traffic accident during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those aged 20-39. Furthermore, during the COVID-19 epidemic, the results found that pedestrians/cyclists had 5.91 times greater effect on injuries from traffic accidents (OR=5.19, 95% CI: 2.92-11.95), while motorcycles 1.97 times greater effect on injuries from traffic accidents than four-wheel vehicles (OR=1.97, 95% CI: 1.30-2.80). For the pattern of accidents, vehicle crashes had 1.20 times greater effect on injuries from traffic accidents (OR=1.20, 95% CI: 1.01-1.44) whereas pedestrians hit by vehicles had 2.52 times greater effect on injuries from traffic accidents than in uninvolved accidents (OR=2.52, 95% CI: 1.78-3.56). It is important to noted that the results of this study can be implemented in policy planning for the further announcement to reduce losses of traffic accident in the future.

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Wangkeeree S, Prasittichok K, Chaichan C, Wanichnopparat W, Mahotarn K. Study of factors related road traffic injury in Thaklong Town Municipality, Pathumtani province: A Comparison between before and during COVID-19 pandemic. IUDCJ [Internet]. 2023 Dec. 19 [cited 2024 May 29];8(2):21-37. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/iudcJ/article/view/263992
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