APPRAISAL OF THE EXISTING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT DATA COLLECTION AND RECORDING SYSTEM - SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Traffic accident data collection in south Australia has been appraised with the intention of answering two questions: what can reasonably be expected of the mass accident data system, and what improvements could be achieved by alterations to the system or to the demands made of it? Dummy accident reports, compiled by a survey team attending accidents in metropolitan adelaide, were compared with computer accident records prepared by the Australian bureau of statistics using police accident reports edited and coded by the south Australian highways department. Also, data from multiple reports for a sample of accidents not attended by police were checked for consistency. Results show that the mass data system has a very high error rate, with at least 60 per cent of items analysed in both comparisons having error rates exceeding 5 per cent. Analysis of police activities at the scene shows that considerable time is spent on-site; on average 2 police man - hours at personal injury or property damage accidents and 9.5 police man - hours at fatal accidents. However, provided an accident data item is not required to be collected during the first 10 minutes, there appears to be sufficient time for police to accurately collect information. Recommendations for changes to the system are included (A).

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    Franckhlsche Verlagshandlung

    Pfizerstrasse 5, Postfach 640
    7000 Stuttgart 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • HOWARD, B V
    • Young, M F
    • Ellis, J P
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00331377
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • ISBN: 0 642 51066 0
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM