A program to evaluate the causes of and countermeasures for tailgating and rear-end collisions in the Australian Capital Territory

  • Stephens, Amanda (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Stephan, Karen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • O'Hern, Steve (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Rear-end collisions are the most prevalent vehicle crash type in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), representing 45% of reported and 15% of serious injury collisions. The ACT Road Safety Strategy (RSS) Action Plan 2016-2020 identifies tailgating, driver behaviour and road infrastructure design as contributing factors to rear-end collisions. This project seeks to further investigate these factors by evaluating behaviour interventions and road design treatments to reduce rear-end collisions, with a particular focus on tailgating. This project directly aligns with the “Safer People” initiative in the RSS, which has direct benefit for the ACT road using
This project will investigate causes for and countermeasures to rear-end collisions with a particular focus on tailgating. Recent work by MUARC has shown that 51% of drivers in the ACT have tailgated at least once in the
past two years, while 11% have chased another driver in anger, which may also include tailgating. The frequencies of these behaviours in the ACT are similar to other Australian jurisdictions. Therefore, interventions to reduce tailgating and subsequent rear-end collisions not only have direct applicability to the ACT and their current RSS they are transferable to other jurisdictions throughout Australia.
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/19


  • Monash University – Internal Faculty Contribution: A$56,527.00