Determinants of road traffic safety: New evidence from Australia using state-space analysis

Nghiem, Son, Commandeur, Jacques, & Connelly, Luke B. (2016) Determinants of road traffic safety: New evidence from Australia using state-space analysis. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 94, pp. 65-72.

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This paper examines the determinants of road traffic crash fatalities in Queensland for the period 1958–2007 using a state-space time-series model. In particular, we investigate the effects of policies that aimed to reduce drink-driving on traffic fatalities, as well as indicators of the economic environment that may affect exposure to traffic, and hence affect the number of accidents and fatalities. The results show that the introduction of a random breath testing program in 1988 was associated with a 11.3% reduction in traffic fatalities; its expansion in 1998 was associated with a 26.2% reduction in traffic fatalities; and the effect of the “Safe4life” program, which was introduced in 2004, was a 14.3% reduction in traffic fatalities. Reductions in economic activity are also associated with reductions in road fatalities: we estimate that a one percent increase in the unemployment rate is associated with a 0.2% reduction in traffic fatalities.

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ID Code: 96217
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2016.05.012
ISSN: 0001-4575
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2016 23:04
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2016 06:57

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