This study attempted to establish the reduction in accidents, injuries and fatalities which could be expected in Australia from appropriate treatment of the road reserve in relation to those objects which might constitute a hazard. Where feasible, cost-effectiveness calculations for these treatments were to be made. General accident statistics are assembled for Australia and compared with other countries with acknowledgement of condition effects upon accident causation, especially consideration of particular roadside objects. For Australia most traffic is rural with reporting of casusalty over property damage accidents. Collision with roadside objects accounts for a high percentage of fatalities. Roadside objects requiring individual study included street lighting and utility poles, signal and sign supports, guide posts, edge stripping, guardrails, and median barriers. To increase safety when vehicles leave the pavement, a clear recovery area should be provided along the roadway 30 feet or more from the edge of the travelled way in rural areas. Greater use of overhead crossing structures for support of overhead signs is recommended. The majority of new safety considerations apply primarily to controlled-access highways. When improvement projects are carried out they should be designed so that statistical control can be maintained over before-and-after accident records.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Melbourne University, Australia

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Grattan Street
    Parkville, Victoria 3052,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Good, M C
    • Jobert, P N
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 290 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098450
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM