Institutional and Cultural Barriers to Improving Roadside Safety

This paper describes how single-vehicle departures from the roadway represent the single largest source of road trauma in Victoria and, arguably, the greatest safety challenge to meet over the next decade. In an engineering sense, we know what constitutes a safe road environment. We know how to build a safe road environment and we know how to fix roads that have a poor safety record or are inherently unsafe. In order to ensure that we benefit from this knowledge, a fundamental review of the road design and system operation standards, followed by the development of modern, safer standards is urgently required. This is being addressed on a national scale through the AAA (Australian Automobile Association) AusRAP (Australian Road Assessment Program) and internationally through EuroRAP (European Road Assessment Program). It is important to recognize that the problem is not only technical. In order to implement these technical solutions we must overcome funding constraints, political considerations and also cultural and institutional barriers. This paper details an RACV project aimed at exploring the cultural and institutional barriers that appear to be hindering a unified ‘top-down’ approach to road safety across the range of agencies responsible for infrastructure within the road environment. Based on findings to date, this paper investigates the cultural issues that help to determine the behavior of key social, political and institutional players and seeks to define and gain insights into the institutional context within which roadside safety issues fall. It discusses ways in which these barriers can be overcome in order to provide an inherently safer road environment for the community.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM; References;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 25 2005 11:30AM