Prioritising road safety initiatives: Fatality versus social cost

Tay, Richard S. (2002) Prioritising road safety initiatives: Fatality versus social cost. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 1(3), pp. 129-134.


In an effort to reduce road trauma, authorities in Australia and New Zealand have implemented a series of countermeasures aimed primarily at reducing road fatalities. Although the social cost associated with fatal crashes is significant, it nevertheless constitutes a relatively small portion of the total social cost of road crashes. Since the relative influences of the contributing factors to fatal crashes may not be the same as those for less severe crashes, an overemphasis on fatal crashes may not result in an optimal allocation of scarce road safety resources.

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ID Code: 7048
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: road safety, motor vehicle accidents, road fatality, social cost
ISSN: 1175-5652
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Adis International
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:27

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