The use of road safety target setting in fatality and injury reduction

Somasundaraswaran, K. and Bullen, F. and Ayers, R. (2010) The use of road safety target setting in fatality and injury reduction. In: 24th Australian Road Research Board Conference (ARRB 2010): Building on 50 Years of Road and Transport Research, 12-15 Oct 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

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The World Health Organisation has predicted that over the next twenty years the total annual global road fatalities will increase rapidly with the greatest proportion occurring in low-income countries. An evaluation of the models used for setting road safety targets in sixteen countries revealed the use of different performance indices. The effectiveness of target setting in high
income countries has historically been characterised by a short period of major fatality reduction, followed by longer periods of smaller incremental gains. The intent of the study reported here was to provide an articulated phase approach for improving the road safety of countries with a different historical and economic background to those high income countries studied. It was concluded that while some developed countries are moving towards the phase of
smaller incremental gains road fatalities, most of the Asian developing countries are now at the early stages of road safety initiatives. In this phase sustained commitment from governments for implementation of initiatives, data collection and record keeping, and the capacity development
of key professionals is vital and has greater potential to reduce major injuries and fatalities.

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Depositing User: Dr Soma Kathirgamalingam
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 09:59
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2014 04:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: road safety; target setting; Asian developing countries
Fields of Research (FoR): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880109 Road Safety

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