Forging a Path to Vision Zero in the US: A Critical Analysis of Road Safety in Australia

This research seeks to test plausible hypotheses for the country-level differences in road safety outcomes to see if they hold true. For instance, are there differences in vehicle standards or occupant protection between the US and Australia? Does the US design streets and intersections differently? How does travel behavior – and in turn exposure – differ for Americans versus Australians? Are there differences in obtaining a driver's license, enforcement efforts, or drunk driving policies or rates? Are there more overarching differences in terms of policy or built environments that might play a role? At the conclusion of the project, there will be a better understanding of the similarities and differences in road safety outcomes between these two countries and the research team will be able to point to key policy or design differences as beneficial to Australia's road safety outcomes, or inversely, detrimental to those in the US. Beyond enhancing knowledge with respect to the aforementioned research questions, this project will also advance policy and practice with respect to improving road safety, progress the education and training of students, and build an evidence base by disseminating findings via presentations and publications.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $80000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Colorado Denver

    Department of Civil Engineering
    1200 Larimer Street, Room 3037
    Denver, CO  United States  80217
  • Principal Investigators:

    Marshall, Wesley

  • Start Date: 20171211
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200917
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-556

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01656114
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 2 2018 2:51PM