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Cover of Guide to Road Safety Part 5: Road Safety for Regional and Remote Areas
Guide to Road Safety Part 5: Road Safety for Regional and Remote Areas
  • Publication no: AGRS05-19
  • ISBN: 978-1-925854-37-4
  • Published: 4 September 2019
  • Edition: 2.0

Road trauma in regional and remote areas of Australia and New Zealand are a major road safety problem. Drivers and riders in regional and remote areas are at an unacceptably greater risk of road deaths and injuries than those living in major cities.

This edition of the Austroads Guide to Road Safety Part 5: Road Safety for Rural and Remote Areas provides practical guidance on the most effective responses to reduce road trauma in regional and remote areas in Australia and New Zealand.

The guide examines the characteristics of crashes on regional and remote roads through analyses of casualty crash data and identifies causes and risks associated with regional and remote crashes in the existing literature. Closely aligned with the Safe Systems holistic approach to eliminating harm on the road network, the guide concludes with a discussion of evidence-based countermeasures and new initiatives that are urgently needed to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in regional and remote areas.

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 1 October 2019, 1pm AEST for an overview of the causes and contributing factors behind road crashes in regional and remote areas, and strategic guidance to identify the best approaches to eliminate harm, by the report author Dr Lisa Wundersitz, and project manager Melissa Watts.

No charge but registration essential. Can't make the live session? Register and we'll send you a link to the recording. Register now!

Edition 2.0 of the Guide includes updates throughout:

  • Section 1 Introduction: new and updated content
  • Section 2 Crashes in Regional and Remote Areas: updated with 2012-2016 statistics and a new section on trends and issues.
  • Sections 3 and 4: restructured on Safe System Principles with new and updated content
  • New Appendix A Fatal and Injury Crash Data Tables.
  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1 Background
      • 1.1.1 The Safe System and national road safety strategies
    • 1.2 Regional and Remote Areas
      • 1.2.1 Regional and remote areas: The context
      • 1.2.2 Defining regional and remote areas
    • 1.3 Purpose and Scope of the Guide
  • 2. Crashes in Regional and Remote Areas
    • 2.1 Crashes on Regional and Remote Roads
    • 2.2 Casualties on Regional and Remote Roads
    • 2.3 Summary of Findings
  • 3. Regional and Remote Road Safety Risk Factors
    • 3.1 Safe Roads
      • 3.1.1 Road condition
      • 3.1.2 Road design
      • 3.1.3 Roadside environment
    • 3.2 Safe Vehicles
      • 3.2.1 Vehicle age and safety
    • 3.3 Safe Speeds
      • 3.3.1 Speed limits
    • 3.4 Safe People
      • 3.4.1 Alcohol and illicit drug use
      • 3.4.2 Driver fatigue
      • 3.4.3 Unlicensed driving
      • 3.4.4 Seat belt and child restraint use
      • 3.4.5 At-risk populations
      • 3.4.6 Post-crash emergency response
  • 4. Regional and Remote Road Safety Countermeasures
    • 4.1 Safe Roads
      • 4.1.1 Improved road design and infrastructure
      • 4.1.2 Corridor protection and flexible barriers
      • 4.1.3 Intersections
      • 4.1.4 Separating animals from traffic
      • 4.1.5 Funding for countermeasures
    • 4.2 Safe Vehicles
      • 4.2.1 Vehicle technologies to mitigate crash involvement
      • 4.2.2 Promoting the use of safe vehicles
    • 4.3 Safe Speeds
      • 4.3.1 Lower speed limits
      • 4.3.2 Engineering treatments
      • 4.3.3 Enforcing safe speeds
      • 4.3.4 Vehicle countermeasures - ISA
      • 4.3.5 Workplace speed management: In-vehicle technologies
    • 4.4 Safe People
      • 4.4.1 Drink driving
      • 4.4.2 Illicit drug driving
      • 4.4.3 Fatigue management
      • 4.4.4 Unlicensed driving
      • 4.4.5 Seat belt and child restraint use
      • 4.4.6 At-risk populations
      • 4.4.7 Post-crash response time and trauma management
    • 4.5 Summary: Safe System Countermeasures for Regional and Remote Areas
    • 4.6 Effective Planning for a Safe System on Regional and Remote Road Networks
  • References
  • Appendix A Fatal and Injury Crash Data Tables