Engineering for safer road use behaviour in South East Asia

King, Mark J. (2000) Engineering for safer road use behaviour in South East Asia. In Wang, Kelvin C.P., Xiao, Guiping, & Ji, Jialun (Eds.) International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, 31 July - 2 August 2000, Beijing, China.

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Less motorised countries in Asia exhibit a variety of road safety problems. The behaviour of road users contributes significantly to these problems, together with road environment and vehicle factors. As well as addressing road environment issues, engineering measures provide a convenient way of modifying road user behaviour, and have been widely implemented in Asia for this purpose. However, implicit assumptions about road user behaviour which have their origin in motorised countries can lead to the implementation of engineering measures having impacts which run counter to expectation. This paper reviews some of these cases, and demonstrates that a fuller understanding of the factors determining road user behaviour in the countries concerned would probably have led to better outcomes. An approach for improving the road safety outcomes of engineering interventions is proposed, involving explicit identification of assumptions, research using qualitative and anthropological techniques, and development of local research expertise.

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ID Code: 9650
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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ISBN: 0784405034
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 > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > ANTHROPOLOGY (160100) > Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
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 American Society of Civil Engineers
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:46

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