Road Collisions and Risk-Taking Behaviors

Authored by: Becky P.Y. Loo , Tessa Kate Anderson

Spatial Analysis Methods of Road Traffic Collisions

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781439874127
eBook ISBN: 9781439874134
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What do we mean by a road safety problem? There are many answers to this question that all make sense. The risk that children run on their trip to school is a road safety problem. Drinking and driving is a road safety problem, driving in the dark is a road safety problem and young driver risk is a road safety problem. By making such lists of problems, it is possible to cover all areas of road safety. The snag is that the various problems on such a list tend to overlap. Children are at risk when travelling to school partly because young drivers have a high risk of collision involvement, partly because of drinking and driving, and partly because driving in the dark increases the risk of an accident. Drinking and driving is a major problem partly because it takes place in the dark and on roads where there are pedestrians and cyclists. These examples show how difficult it is to define road safety problems in an orderly and logical way. The difficulty is particularly relevant when we want to give an exhaustive definition of road safety problems.

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