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Overcoming barriers to creating a well-functioning safety culture: A comparison of Australia and the United States

Williams, Allan F. & Haworth, Narelle L. (2007) Overcoming barriers to creating a well-functioning safety culture: A comparison of Australia and the United States. In Improving Traffic Safety Culture in the United States: The Journey Forward. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, DC, pp. 77-91.

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Abstract

An effective highway-safety culture is an environment in which public and political attention is paid to motor vehicle injuries commensurate with the size of the problem, and there exists a balanced, evidence-based approach for reducing the problem, incorporating behavioral, environmental, and vehicle factors. There are barriers to achieving an effective safety culture, largely having to do with the psychology of driving. These barriers are discussed in the context of the United States, which has a weak safety culture. Other countries have made greater strides in overcoming these barriers. One such country is Australia. The experience of Australia is discussed in relation to the United States, and an assessment is made of what can be learned from this comparison about establishing a more effective highway-safety culture.

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ID Code: 7585
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details : n.haworth@qut.edu.au Also available online: http://www.ite.org/itejournal/0706.asp
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Deposited On: 14 May 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:40

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