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 Inquiry Into The National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020

On 8 September 2017 an inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 was announced by the then federal transport minister Darren Chester.

A panel of four was convened to conduct the inquiry. It was co-chaired by Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley, Director of the Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, and Dr John Crozier, Chair of the Trauma Committee at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Official advisors were National President of the Australasian College of Road Safety, Lauchlan McIntosh, and CEO of the International Road Assessment Program, Rob McInerney.

The Final Report from the Inquiry (updated 2 October 2018) can be downloaded here.

A Fact Sheet summarising the main findings can be downloaded here.

Media enquiries to David Ellis.

 United Nations Global Road Safety Week

The Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week (8-14 May 2017) focuses on speed management and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. It highlights action through the ongoing campaign: Save Lives - #SlowDown.

The #SlowDown campaign seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads. It also calls for urgent action around speed management to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020; the target established in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development for the next 15 years (2030).

More details at the official website:

 Understanding the context of alcohol consumption before driving for crash-involved drivers

CASR analysed 284 South Australian fatal crashes from 2008-2010 looking at the context of alcohol consumption for drink drivers.

The abstract of the study can be found here.

 Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy

CASR has analysed crashes in Tasmania to provide advice on the next Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy.

The media release can be found here.

The report can be found here.

The Tasmania site is here

 Young adult licensing trends and travel modes

CASR has conducted a study of travel mode choices among young people in Victoria for the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria.

It was found that there is a pattern of changing travel mode choice among young adults characterised by their driving less, not at all or delaying getting a licence.

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 Developing Systems to test Autonomous Emergency Braking

Automomous Emergency Braking is a new kind of safety technology - one that aims to prevent crashes or reduce the speed of impact using sensors that allow the vehicle to look ahead.

This new safety technology calls for new ways to assess it. At CASR that means getting out of the lab and onto the track.

See the video showing what we are doing.

 National Road Safety Partnership Program

The National Road Safety Partnership Program offers a collaborative network to support Australian businesses in developing a positive road safety culture.

The web site is at

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research is supported by sustaining funds from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA) and the Motor Accident Commission (SA).

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