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.

Latest publications and reports

Road safety benefits of placemaking activities in South Australia

Placemaking is an urban design practice that provides a focus on place attributes for more inclusive use by 'people' rather than motor vehicles and where the central focus is 'place' (for people) rather than 'movement' (of traffic). Placemaking activities include simple interventions such as artwork...

Methamphetamine and Alcohol Detection in Vehicle-Driver Fatalities in South Australia: A Ten Year Survey (2008-2018)

Highlights Between January 2008 and December 2018 in South Australia MA was found in 28/300 (9%) of driver deaths. Between January 2008 and December 2018 in South Australia blood alcohol >0.05 g/100 ml was found in 115/300 (38%) of driver deaths. Although numbers of alcohol positive cases decline...

Profile of crashes at intersections in South Australia

Intersections represent one of the most safety critical parts of the road network. They are characterised by a high risk of collisions with large impact angles and high speeds. In 2019, 20% of fatal crashes in metropolitan areas occurred at intersections. Knowledge of both the types and relative inc...

The prevalence of in-vehicle driver distraction in moving traffic

Highlights • Driver behaviours in moving passenger and heavy vehicles were covertly recorded. • Driver distractions included mobile phones, reaching/holding and eating/drinking. • 8.6% of passenger vehicle drivers and 14% of heavy vehicle drivers were distracted. • Drivers were less distracted i...

Trends in young adult driver licensing rates in South Australia

Declines in the proportions of young adults with driver licences have been observed in several countries. This study investigated whether declines in driver licensing rates have also occurred among young adults (17-24 years) in South Australia and whether any such trends are associated with gender, ...

Managing recidivist traffic offenders: What works?

Drivers who repeatedly and persistently engage in illegal and dangerous behaviours are a threat to the safety of other road users. The aim of this review is to identify various approaches used throughout the world to address recidivism among drivers convicted of offences related to drink and drug dr...

Travel speed and the risk of serious injury in vehicle crashes

Highlight - 1,618 light vehicle impacts in real world crashes analysed by impact type. - Travel speed taken from Event Data Recorders for high levels of accuracy. - Risk curves produced for risk of serious injury (MAIS3+F) vs travel speed. - Head on impacts reached 1% risk of serious injury at j...

The contribution of various levels of speeding to fatal and serious road trauma

The purpose of this study was to examine the contribution of the different levels of speeding to road trauma by using the speed data derived from the Event Data Recorders (EDRs) of crashed vehicles and recently developed risk curves that relate absolute risk of serious and fatal injury to impact spe...

Prevention and mitigation of fatal crashes in regional and remote areas

Road users in regional and remote areas have a higher risk of death and serious injuries than those in metropolitan areas. This study used a Safe Systems based approach to investigate the potential of different types of interventions to prevent fatal crashes or mitigate the level of injury severity ...

A study on injury prediction for ACN vehicles based on speed limit - Development of an injury prediction algorithm using Australian accident data

In this study, an injury prediction algorithm for vehicle occupants was developed based on the South Australian Traffic Accident Reporting System (TARS), a traffic accident database. The algorithm uses information that can be identified from the accident location or reported by bystanders (e.g., spe...

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