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

Collection and analysis of EDR data from crash-involved vehicles: 2019-20 summary report

Event Data Recorders (EDRs) are installed in many modern vehicles. EDRs constantly record vehicle variables such as speed, seatbelt usage, accelerator/brake pedal position, delta-V and safety system deployment. When a crash occurs, a snapshot of the final few seconds of the vehicle variables are sav...

Pre-impact braking in crashes: insights from event data recorders (EDRs)

This study examined start-of-braking times from event data recorder (EDR) data of 170 bullet (through-vehicle/striking) vehicles involved in crashes in South Australia over the period 2017 to 2020. A formula for calculating the start-of-braking time to an accuracy of 0.05-second time points was deri...

Impact speed and the risk of serious injury in vehicle crashes

Highlights • Impact speed taken from Event Data Recorders for high accuracy. • Risk curves produced for risk of serious injury vs impact speed by impact type. • Head on impacts have the lowest impact speed for a given level of risk. • Measures to reduce impact speeds are important to reduce seri...

How do we prevent and mitigate crashes? Evidence from Australian at-scene in-depth crash investigations

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research conducts at-scene in-depth investigations of South Australian injury crashes that allow detailed analysis of the crash in order to determine the factors that contributed to the crash occurring, and the interventions that could prevent or mitigate them. This ...

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 ...

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