A Case for Science-Based Road Safety Design and Management

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by Ezra Hauer, Univ of Toronto, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Highway Safety: At the Crossroads

Abstract: What civil engineers do has a major effect on road safety. However, contrary to appearances, the level of safety built into roads is largely unpremeditated. Standards and practices have evolved without a foundation knowledge. At times the safety consequences of engineering decisions are not known, at others some knowledge exists but is not used. In this paper I attempt to describe the current, unsatisfactory, state of affairs. I explore some of its root causes and speculate what needs to be done to change course.

Subject Headings: Traffic safety | Traffic accidents | Highway and road design | Traffic signals | Highway and road management | Traffic signs |

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