Evolution of a Holistic Systems Approach to Planning and Managing Road Safety: The Victorian Case Study, 1970–2015

This article presents a case study of the institutional change required to support the transformation to a holistic approach to planning and managing road safety in Victoria, Australia. The authors note that the Victorian Safe System evolved from a combination of the Swedish Vision Zero philosophy and the Sustainable Safety model developed by the Dutch. After a brief review of the history of highway safety and an emphasis on road safety behavior in Victoria, the authors describe how the focus shifted to contemplating how road and traffic system design might accommodate common human errors. The Victoria Safe System includes infrastructure changes, vehicle technologies (such as lane departure warnings), the participation of the government-controlled injury compensation insurer, and the use of an assessment framework to assess crash types and crash risk. The authors discuss how the challenges in the implementation of the Safe System strategy in Victoria are generally neither technical nor scientific; they are predominantly social and political. They conclude by reiterating the importance of building the Safe System approach into policies, operating strategies, systems, program guidelines, project development, and professional practices.


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  • Accession Number: 01719503
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2019 2:27PM