The Iceberg Principle: The knock on effects of addressing the safety of "special needs" road users

King, Mark J. (2000) The Iceberg Principle: The knock on effects of addressing the safety of "special needs" road users. In Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 26-28 November 2000, Brisbane, Queensland.

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In recent years there has been an increased focus on “special needs” road users who make up a relatively small proportion of the road toll. They include older road users, school children, international visitors and the disabled. A major policy issue is that the costs of addressing the needs of these groups seem disproportionately high. However, the problems experienced by special needs road users can be viewed as "the tip of the iceberg", with less obvious but similar problems being experienced by large numbers of other road users. This paper reports preliminary estimates based on older driver problems at intersections which indicate that there may be substantial knock-on benefits to a range of younger road users when countermeasures are introduced to address a relatively small problem. The knock-on effects of focusing on locations with school age pedestrian crashes are also examined. The implications for road safety planning and strategy are discussed.

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ID Code: 9522
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link).
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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 > ECONOMICS (140000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:45

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