Safety drive

Driver error is to blame for 95% of all traffic accidents. New car assessment programmes such as NCAP and EuroNCAP have been a driving force for vehicle improvements. Three problems have been identified for vehicle safety: alcohol impairment, speeding and the non-use of seatbelts. The Swedish government is introducing alcolocks that prevent the engine from being started if the driver has been installed. Research shows that there could be a 20% drop in injury accidents if everyone obeyed the speed limits. The introduction of intelligent speed adaptation (ISA) systems could reduce accidents. Seat belt use is not mandatory in all of the USA. Vehicle manufacturers fail to point out that seatbelt efficiency decreases if the seat is reclined. Airbags have halved the number of head injuries. The installation of onboard accident data recorders has a beneficial effect on driver behaviour, reducing the number of accidents. Road casualties have been reduced by vehicle-actuated signs in temporary speed limit zones and by speed cameras and red light cameras.

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  • Accession Number: 01061120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 2:26PM