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.

Cardiac Disease and Driver Fatality

To determine the role of cardiac disease in driver fatalities, a retrospective review of autopsy files at Forensic Science SA in Adelaide, Australia, was undertaken over a 13-year-period January 2005–December 2017 for individuals aged ≥ 40 years who had died while driving a motor v...

Human Head and Neck Kinematics during Autonomous and Human Braking in Three Initial Head Positions

Whiplash injuries resulting from vehicle collisions are still a significant socio-economic issue across the world. Years of research has resulted in the development of injury criteria, restraint systems and a deeper understanding of the injury mechanism. However, some grey areas remain and, in the c...

Profiling fatal and serious injury crashes in South Australia according to the Swedish Transport Administration Model

This article describes a study examining fatal road crashes in South Australia (SA) according to the safety model developed by the Swedish Road Administration (STA). The STA model is based on the biomechanical limits that human beings can tolerate and specifies a number of elements that must be pres...

An examination of potential exposure measures for vehicle safety technologies in South Australia

Emerging vehicle safety technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane keep assistance (LKA) systems are among a number of technologies for passenger vehicles that are likely to have a significant impact on road safety in the future. Their effects though, are highly dependent on th...

Injury crashes involving adult cyclists in South Australia, 2009-2018

This report contains a straightforward statistical summary of adult (16+) cyclists injured in road crashes reported in South Australia for the period of 2009 to 2018 obtained from the Traffic Accident Reporting System (TARS). A set of tables based on various characteristics of the crashes is present...

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, ...

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