Road Safety Audit: Prevention is Better Than Cure

by Kenneth W. Ogden, Monash Univ, Clayton,
Phillip W. Jordan, Monash Univ, Clayton,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


Over the past two decades, the emphasis in road safety engineering has been on crash reduction through the development of remedial measures at high frequency sites. Road and traffic authorities in several nations are now turning towards crash prevention - ensuring that the design of new road and traffic schemes is as safe as practicable. This process is becoming known as road safety audit. This paper presents an overview of road safety audit, including its historical development, applications, processes and procedures, and its effects.

Subject Headings: Traffic safety | Traffic accidents | Highway and road design | Audits | Highway engineering | Transportation safety | Remediation | Historic sites

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