Analysis of Road Safety: Three Levels of Investigation

A survey for road safety must draw on a wide range of data, for the technician or researcher it is important to be able to access the databases organized and up to date. These data concern the incidents, the study area demographics, the current infrastructure data, and traffic flows, but other data relate to different study problems. Without well-organized databases the collection and analysis of data becomes an expensive phase that can and should be carried out, depending on the available resources, to different levels of detail. Various levels of detail require the acquisition of different kinds of data. Their treatment may provide different indexes and accidents ratio that can bring different interpretations of the road accident phenomena; the interpretations are related to the consistency of the used data. The survey over a wide area can be carried out by three different levels of analysis. The first is a macroscopic level by aggregated data and with a minimal detail. A second level deepens the investigations that can cover those sub‐areas for which it has been possible to detect the presence of some accident phenomena. This more detailed investigation (meso-level) needs to focus on gathering further careful data, analysis and formulation of specific actions only for those safety situations that the second level has highlighted. For these situations, at the end, it can upgrade to a more detailed level and therefore more expensive. This level (micro level) can require a study of every single accident report in the area. The procedure is general and can be applied to the analysis of traffic safety on rural roads or on urban roads. In this work an example of safety analysis sequence for a town of small / medium size is considered, with the analysis and processing of technical steps that were valued as necessary.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 185-192
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of First International Conference on Traffic and Transport Engineering (ICTTE)

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  • Accession Number: 01598186
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9788691615307
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 2016 6:42PM