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TitleOlder Pedestrians Hit By Vehicles In The Australian Capital Territory
AuthorsThompson JP
AbstractThis study examined the number of older pedestrians (65 years and over) hit by motor vehicles in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Collision characteristics, location information, and pedestrian injury outcomes were also examined to understand the crashes, in the context of the ACT and its infrastructure. Police-reported crash data (2011-2020) were analysed. Fewer older pedestrians were hit by vehicles between 2011 and 2020 than younger adult pedestrians (18-64 years). However, they had similar rates of being hit per 10,000 population and older pedestrians had a higher overall rate of serious and fatal injury. Half (50%) of the seriously or fatally injured older pedestrians were hit while crossing busy roads with no protected crossings available. Such protection (with speed management and vehicle design improvements) is vital for the future design of metropolitan and suburban spaces and to achieve a safe ACT road system for pedestrians.
SponsorThis research was funded via a grant from the Australian Capital Territory Road Safety Fund
Conference Name2023 Australasian Road Safety Conference
Conference AbbreviationARSC23
Conference LocationCairns, Australia
Conference Date19-21 September
NotesJames presented this in session 23 Wednesday Sep 20th

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Thompson JP (2023). Older Pedestrians Hit By Vehicles In The Australian Capital Territory. 2023 Australasian Road Safety Conference, Cairns, Australia, 19-21 September. [PRESENTED ABSTRACT]