Analysis of reductions in Victorian road casualties, 1989 to 1992

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Abstract

Road accident fatalities in Victoria fell from 776 in 1989 to 396 in 1992. The latter figure corresponds to 1.5 deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles or 1.0 deaths per 100 million vehicle km travelled, both of those rates being comparable with the lowest recorded among motorised countries. During the same period, serious injuries dropped 36.9% (from 9356 to 5905). A review of countermeasures which have been shown to be associated with these reductions in deaths and serious injuries is undertaken. They include: increased random breath testing, supported by publicity; new speed cameras, supported by publicity; bicycle helmet wearing law; lowering of 110 km/h freeway speed limit; improvements to the road system; and various other measures. The effect of the downturn in the economy and reduced alcohol sales over the same period is also considered. The contributions of each of the major countermeasures and other factors to the reductions in serious casualty crashes during each of the years 1990 to 1992 are estimated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Conference of the Australian Road Research Board
Pages165-182
Number of pages18
Volume17
Edition5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1994
EventAustralian Road Research Board Annual Conference 1994 - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 14 Aug 199419 Aug 1994
Conference number: 17th

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Road Research Board Annual Conference 1994
Abbreviated titleARRB 1994
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period14/08/9419/08/94

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Cameron, M., Newstead, S., & Vulcan, P. (1994). Analysis of reductions in Victorian road casualties, 1989 to 1992. In Proceedings - Conference of the Australian Road Research Board (5 ed., Vol. 17, pp. 165-182)