Fatigue crashes happen in urban areas too : characteristics of crashes in low speed urban areas

Armstrong, Kerry A., Smith, Simon S., Steinhardt, Dale A., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2008) Fatigue crashes happen in urban areas too : characteristics of crashes in low speed urban areas. In 2008 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 10-12 November 2008, Adelaide, South Australia.


Driver fatigue remains a significant contributory factor in motor-vehicle crashes. Fatigue-attributed crashes most often occur in rural, high speed driving environments with a single vehicle leaving the roadway or crossing the centre line. Previous research has however suggested that fatigue may contribute to a greater number and broader range of crashes, including those in low speed, urban environments. Little research has been conducted towards identifying the salient characteristics associated with fatigue-related crashes occurring in these areas. In order to address this limitation, this investigation examines the characteristics associated with police reported fatigue/fall asleep crashes in urban areas with a speed zone of 60km/h or less, using Queensland crash data from Queensland Transport’s Road Crash Database for the period 1 July2000 to 30 June 2006. The results obtained revealed specific characteristics associated with fatigue/fell asleep crashes, compared to crashes considered to be the result of other circumstances.

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ID Code: 17830
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: fatigue, fall asleep, urban, low speed, Queensland
ISBN: 1876346566
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2009 03:05
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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