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Road safety in rural and remote areas of Australia

Tziotis, Michael, Mabbott, Nick, Edmonston, Colin J., Sheehan, Mary C., & Dwyer, Jonathan (2005) Road safety in rural and remote areas of Australia. Austroads, Sydney, NSW.

Abstract

Annually across Australia about 1,000 people are killed on roads in rural and remote areas, while approximately a further 26,000 people are injured. Those found to be at most risk are young male drivers, truck drivers, pedestrians and those living in these areas, particularly Indigenous Australians. Key behavioural factors associated with increased crash risk include motorists driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, speeding, fatigue and failure to wear seat belts or helmets. Road factors also found to contribute to crashes included roads with poor surfaces, roads with unsealed shoulders, roads with poor delineation and roadside hazards. The study also confirmed the importance of the need to respond rapidly to the occurrence of crashes and to treat those injured quickly. It is clear that crash severity outcome is closely related to the time taken to reach and treat crash victims. The report identifies behavioural, environmental and ITS interventions, and improved medical practices and trauma management services to reduce the incidence and severity of crashes in these areas.

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ID Code: 8945
Item Type: Book
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the publisher’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: m.sheehan@qut.edu.au
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ISBN: 1 921139 03 X
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 > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
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 > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Austroads Inc
Copyright Statement: This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without the prior written permission of Austroads.
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 23:57

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