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

Preventing and mitigating truck crashes: results from 100 in-depth no-blame truck crash investigations

Trucks play an important role in the Australian economy but also make a substantial contribution to the lives lost on Australian roads. The aim of the present study was to undertake a substantial sample (n=100) of in-depth no-blame crash investigations of crashes involving trucks to identify the fac...

Mobile phone detection cameras in South Australia

Mobile phone detection cameras (MPDC) capable of detecting mobile phone use by drivers have been adopted in some Australian jurisdictions and are being considered for use in South Australia in 2023. This project provides background information on the best practice use and effectiveness of such camer...

Seasonal Variation in Cutaneous Seat Belt Markings in Fatal Vehicle Crashes

A retrospective review of autopsy reports of adult (≥18 years old) vehicle occupants was undertaken at Forensic Science SSA (FSSA) over a five-year-period from January 2014 to December 2018 to correlate seat belt wearing with cutaneous seat belt injuries and season of the year. Out of 185 case...

Seeing a lot of mobile speed cameras on your summer road trips? Here's how they work

As you're driving around this summer holidays, there’s every chance you’ll see a strange-looking white or yellow box on the side of the road. It might have cameras protruding overhead, or be emblazoned with road safety slogans. It’s a mobile road safety camera. It’ll catch you out doing everyt...

Entrapment and extraction of wheelchairs at flange gaps with and without flange gap fillers at pedestrian railway crossings

Purpose: Where pedestrian crossings meet rail tracks, a flange gap allows the train wheel flanges to pass. This gap can be hazardous for wheelchair users as castor wheels may become trapped. While compressible gap fillers can eliminate the flange gap, fillers ...

Development and trial of a process to audit vehicle safety technologies in rural areas

The purpose of this pilot project was to devise and trial a method by which the safety technologies of a sample of the vehicle fleet in South Australia could be identified and compared between vehicles being used in metropolitan areas and rural areas. The trialled method proved successful in collect...

Motorcycle Protective Clothing in the ACT

This study involved an investigation of the use of protective clothing by motorcyclists in the ACT, encompassing both commuting (n=33) and recreational (n=45) riders. Rider knowledge about MotoCAP, the star rating scheme for protective clothing that operates in Australia and New Zealand, was also ex...

Older Pedestrians Hit By Vehicles In The Australian Capital Territory

This study examined the number of older pedestrians (65 years and over) hit by motor vehicles in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Collision characteristics, location information, and pedestrian injury outcomes were also examined to understand the crashes, in the context of the ACT and its inf...

Perceptual countermeasure for improving motorcyclist safety on rural curves

An evaluation was conducted on whether a suitable road-based Perceptual Counter-Measure (PCM) could induce motorcyclists to choose safer speeds and lane positions when negotiating curves. A peripheral transverse line marking was designed and trialled at two curves along a popular motorcyclist route....

RJAWS Lite: A Low-cost, Technology-based Intersection Safety Treatment

Crashes at intersections contribute a substantial number of fatal and serious injuries (FSIs) in Australia. Regional and remote intersections are particularly dangerous for road users, due to high speeds and a widespread lack of safety measures beyond minimum control and sight distance requirements....

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