Publications

Many of the centre’s publications can be accessed online, covering a wide range of topics.

These include evidence-based road safety observations relating to: drug and alcohol use, collision avoidance, cycling, injury biomechanics, young drivers, traffic engineering, fleet safety, and occupant protection.

The CASR catalogue is currently not kept up to date, however it is still searchable here

 

Latest publications and reports

Vehicle speeds in South Australia 2018

A systematic and ongoing method of measuring vehicle speeds was introduced in South Australia in 2007 in order to assess the effects of speed reduction countermeasures and to monitor the speed behaviour of South Australian motorists over time. More than 100 sites around South Australia have speed me...

Childhood cycling fatalities in South Australia before and after the introduction of helmet legislation

In the years following the introduction of legislation in Australian states mandating the wearing of helmets, there was a decline in the number of deaths. Debate has occurred, however, as to why this occurred. The Traffic Accident Reporting System database, which records data for all police-reported...

Evaluation of the performance of Alcohol and Drug Awareness Courses currently provided in the ACT

• Performance of Alcohol and Drug Awareness Courses provided in the ACT evaluated; • Course completion rates increased from 84% in 2012 to 90% in 2013, 2014 and 2015; • Surveys indicated that courses improved attendees’ attitudes towards drink driving; • Courses may have contributed to reductions...

Motorcycle crashes resulting in hospital admissions in South Australia - Crash characteristics and injury patterns

Key Findings • 763 motorcyclists’ hospital records linked to crash data and forensic blood tests; • Crash characteristics and injuries examined and compared to 1617 car drivers; • Motorcyclists were younger, more likely men and learners, less likely over .05 BAC; • More likely crash in 50 and ...

Illicit drugs are now more common than alcohol among South Australian crash-involved drivers and riders

Objectives: For a jurisdiction to apply appropriate countermeasures for impaired driving, it is necessary to track drug and alcohol involvement in road crashes. In South Australia, it is mandated that all injured road users aged over 10 who attend a hospital for treatment must have a blood sample ta...

Injuries, death and vehicle airbag deployment

Airbags are impact-activated safety devices which deploy from the interior of vehicles to protect occupants from trauma during crashes. Although airbags effectively reduce the risk of death and injury, this it is not without issues. For example, high-impact unbelted rigid-barrier testing in the USA ...

The Exponent of the Dependence of Impact Force on Impact Velocity

Injury may result if the head is struck by a projectile (e.g., a nonlethal weapon or a sports ball), even if the projectile is of small mass and has a soft exterior. Some theory is available concerning the dependence of maximum force on the impact velocity and mass of the projectile. In light of tha...

Evaluate the effect of roundabout design on vehicle speed in Australia using data from the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study (ANDS)

Roundabouts are considered a safer intersection treatment compared to traditional right-angle intersections, due to a reduced number of conflicting points, shallower impact angles and, potentially, lower impact speeds. However, previous research on the safety benefits of roundabout designs is mainly...

What are Australian drivers doing behind the wheel? An overview of secondary task data from the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study

Key Findings • Driver engagement in secondary tasks is frequent; • Drivers engage in a secondary task every 96 seconds, on average; • It is not unusual for drivers to engage in multiple tasks at once; • Drivers were significantly more likely to initiate a secondary task when stationary; • Only ...

Obesity and age as factors in lethal leg amputation following motorcycle crashes

The autopsy files at Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA) were searched from January 2008 to December 2018 for all cases of motorcycle fatalities with a lower limb amputation. Six cases were identified; five male riders and one female pillion passenger, with age ranging from 48 to 67 years (avera...

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