MINDS IN MOTION... A NEW TOOL FOR SAFER TRAFFIC

Evidence that mental distraction is the fundamental cause of traffic collisions is discussed. Reasons why Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands have a better safety record than other countries with similar standard traffic safety programmes are considered with reference to the SUNflower study, annual average daily traffic (AADT), and fatalities per billion vehicle kilometers travelled on motorways (MFR). A mathematical model was developed to describe the relationship between AADT and MFR. The AMPS (Absent-Minded Professor Syndrome) theory of 'Accident Causation' rather than the 'Speed Kills' theory explained the relationship between traffic density and traffic safety. It was concluded that the level at which the speed is limited is irrelevant to the observed differences in safety levels on motorways.

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    UK and International Press

    Abinger House, Church Street
    Dorking, Surrey  United Kingdom  RH4 1DF
  • Authors:
    • GULLON, A
  • Publication Date: 2004

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00987183
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2005 12:00AM