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

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...

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...

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...

Prioritising harm elimination: The effect of benefit-cost metrics and planning timeframes on perceived benefits

Benefit-cost analysis is extensively used to justify and prioritise road infrastructure investment but its reliance, when applied to road safety initiatives, can be counter-productive. Due to their substantial costs, primary Safe System-aligned treatments that virtually eliminate harm often come wit...

A future of zero injuries and deaths of pedestrians and cyclists

Since 1999, pedestrian land transport injury hospitalisations have decreased by an average of 2.2% per annum (Kreisfeld and Harrison, 2019). However, bicyclist injury hospitalisations have increased by an average of 1.5% per annum (Kreisfeld and Harrison, 2019) and in more recent years the increase ...

National View on Regional and Remote Road Safety

Road crash fatality rates continue to be unacceptably higher in regional and remote areas than major cities. This report provides a comprehensive investigation of the causes of road crashes in regional and remote Australia and gives strategic guidance to identify the best approaches to eliminate har...

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