A study just published by the Birmingham City Council Engineers Department on traffic accidents in Birmingham and the West Midlands has broken new ground in its approach to road accident analysis. The 70-page report by Steve Lawson is entitled "Traffic Collisions in an Urban Area of Great Britain," and it is the subject of this article. In addition to important information, not previously available, about patterns of accidents in the local area, comparisons with other cities and areas in the country and recent trends over time, many of the study's recommendations for action apply to all local authorities. The study stresses the continuing need for better descriptions of road accidents. For road accident-related information, the study urges local authorities to look beyond the Stats 19 form. In view of the large proportions of child pedestrians being injured, the study calls for greater efforts to be made in urban management and in education of the young road user. Traffic calming and speed reduction measures are put forward as possible solutions. The study also suggests that the theme of analyses of accidents by adjacent land-use be developed in view of its potential use as a tool in development control. The study recommends there be legislative changes which require local authorities not only to know about the accidents on their roads, but to have a structured course of action for implementation of policy and appropriate measures.

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    D.R. Publications Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1989-11

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  • Accession Number: 00490011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1989 12:00AM