Development and Analysis of A Comprehensive Data System to Understand the Occurrence, Severity and Risk Factors of Older Road User Crashes

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Abstract

By 2061, the proportion of Australian adults aged 65 years and over is expected to reach 22% from the current 15% and the proportion aged 85 years and over is expected to reach 5% compared to just over 2% now. Compared to past years, current and future older Australians are more likely to be licenced to drive, engage in ‘active travel’ modes (e.g., walking and pedal cycling), travel more frequently and greater distances, and have higher expectations with regard to maintaining personal mobility compared to previous generations. In the future, there is an expectation that the proportionate burden of trauma amongst older road users will grow even faster due to the documented increased frailty and hence susceptibility to injury of older people. To address this concern, this project aimed to better understand the current trends in the occurrence, severity and associated costs of older road user crashes and associated risk factors, and to identify any emerging older road user issues. This project was conducted over the period 2015 to 2019.
The project was undertaken in a number of phases including the following activities: identification and assembly of available data sources to measure older road user crash involvement and injury outcomes and associated risk factors; documentation of the historical crash involvement patterns and associated crash types; analysis of older road user licensing rates and patterns including offence rates, licence review/restriction rates, and crash risk factors; projection of future crash involvement; and synthesis and interpretation of the research program findings. Outcomes from the research include identification of priorities for policy and programs to improve the safety of older road users and recommendations for additional data collection and linkages to enable more in-depth and comprehensive future investigation of older road user safety.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
PublisherMUARC
Commissioning bodyDepartment of Justice and Community Safety (Victoria)
Number of pages215
ISBN (Electronic)9781925413212
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

Keywords

  • crash
  • older road user
  • injury
  • road

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