Highway safety related sites
Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland (CARRS-Q), is a joint initiative of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and Queensland University of Technology. The Centre's purpose is to conduct, collaborate, and coordinate research and teaching programs aimed at identifying and changing community behavior leading to improved safety on the roads, in workplaces, and in the communities.
VicRoads Corporation is a Australian statutory authority operating under the registered business name of VicRoads. It is responsible for maintaining and improving Victoria's arterial roads, bridges, and major culverts. VicRoads also develops road safety programs, registers vehicles, and licenses drivers.
Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is a national, independent road safety institute based in Canada. TIRF conducts research, evaluation, and policy development in areas such as driver licensing, motorcycle safety, driver education, training and assessment, treatment of impaired driving offenders, elderly road users, and bicycle safety.
Transport Canada is Canada's national transportation agency. Transport Canada sets policies, regulations and standards to protect the safety, security, and efficiency of Canada's rail, marine, road, and air transportation systems.
Danish Transport Research Institute (Danmarks TransportForskning) is a sector research institute under the Danish Ministry of Transport. The purpose of the Institute is to strengthen transport research, with special focus on such fields as transport safety, the load of transport on the environment and energy resources, as well as transport economics and transport models.
Finnish National Road Administration (Finnra), an agency of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, maintains public roads and works to improve the safety of national, regional, and local transportation systems in Finland.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is an independent, contract research organization that provides a wide range of technology and applied research services in fields ranging from biotechnology to electronics to transportation. Traffic safety research is conducted by VTT's Building and Transport division.
French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research (INRETS) is a state-financed scientific and technological body that conducts research and development in areas such as crash evaluation, applied biomechanics, traffic engineering, and computer modeling and simulation.
La Prévention Routière is a private road safety association founded in 1949 by insurers and concerned primarily with child safety education and driver training. No English version of site.
National Programme of Road Safety Improvement in Poland (GAMBIT) is a project commissioned by the state to develop long-term policies to reduce crash fatalities and injuries in Poland.
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine is a professional, multidisciplinary organization founded by physicians and dedicated to motor vehicle crash injury prevention and control. With members in 22 countries, AAAM is the parent organization of the journal Crash Prevention and Injury Control and the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS), a standard method of coding the severity of crash injuries.
Research Council for Automobile Repairs is an international organization of research centers working to reduce insurance costs by improving automotive damageability, repairability, safety, and security. RCAR members are partly or wholly insurer-supported
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) performs research and development for the Swedish government and other clients in areas such as traffic engineering, traffic safety, road user behavior, collision safety, automotive engineering, and human factors research, in addition to economic and environmental assessments.
Childcarseats.org.uk, a site created by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) with funding from the British Government, provides advice on choosing, fitting and using child car restraints. Also included on the site are legal requirements for using child restraints, safety standards for child restraints, links to child car seat manufacturers and retailers, and links to other organizations that provide help or advice in connection with child car restraints.
The U.K. Department for Transport site includes links to resources on road safety, vehicle regulations and standards, and highway and road information.
Highways Agency maintains, operates and improves the network of trunk roads and motorways in England.
Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) is a registered charity and an associate Parliamentary Group. Its aim is to advise and inform members of the House of Commons and House of Lords on air, rail, and road safety issues and to promote transport policies to protect human life.
Thatcham is an automotive research and technology center that provides the automotive and motor insurance industries with commercial information through research and development, consultancy, training and publishing services. Also see their New Car Whiplash Rating (NCWR) site.
Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is an independent research center focusing on surface transport and safety issues, such as roundabouts, accident investigations, road user behavior studies, education, training, publicity and enforcement.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer, health, and safety groups and insurance companies and agents that seeks to educate the public, the press, and policymakers about the need for improved highway and auto safety regulations. This site offers information on state laws, legislative alerts, polls on highway safety issues, and other reports.
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is a nonprofit organization developing model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement, and highway safety. The association also serves as an information clearinghouse in these areas, and acts as the international spokesman for these interests.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), part of the US Department of Transportation, oversees federal funding for the construction and improvement of highways, urban and rural roads, and bridges. In the area of safety, FHWA conducts research on safety practices and technologies for all phases of highway design and operations, focusing on ways to improve intersections, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, run-off-road safety, and speed management.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), formerly part of the Federal Highway Administration, oversees commercial motor vehicle safety. FMCSA activities include enforcement of safety regulations, targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers, improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies, strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards, and increasing safety awareness.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state higway safety plans.
The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) at UNC conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. Research examines motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian crashes, taking into account human, vehicular, roadway and environmental factors. Center researchers investigate issues that may affect future legislation and policies, including: driver distraction, graduated driver licensing, the role of alcohol in crashes, elderly driving issues, occupant restraint use, roadway design, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The Injury Prevention Web (IPW) is an advertising-free site supported by the Center for Injury Prevention Policy and Practice at San Diego State University. It contains data on injury occurrence in each of the 50 US states, prevention information, policy recommendations, and a resources section with links to government and nonprofit sites worldwide. The IPW links to groups with a focus on a large variety of fields: codes and standards, education, ergonomics, fire prevention, industrial safety, interior design, legislation and litigation, public health, traffic safety, product safety, disasters, and more.
Insurance Research Council (IRC) is an independent, nonprofit research organization supported by property and casualty insurance companies and associations. IRC conducts research to assist insurers and the general public in reaching sound decisions on legislative and regulatory issues.
US Department of Transportation (DOT) is the federal agency responsible for overall national policy for all transportation modes (air, rail, marine, and road). DOT agencies with an interest in highway safety include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The DOT Auto Safety Hotline specializes in gathering information about safety problems in motor vehicles and equipment. The Hotline can be dialed toll free at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236). In operation since 1975, the Hotline provides information about motor vehicle safety, child safety seats, vehicle importation and certification, and airbags. Consumers may also speak with a consultant to file reports on vehicle safety defects and provide recall and other valuable information.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the US Department of Transportation, administers federal laws relating to motor vehicle and highway safety. Available on this site are crash statistics, vehicle safety ratings from the agency's frontal and side impact test programs, vehicle safety regulations and standards, recall announcements, and a wide range of other consumer and technical information.
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety The NETS mission is to reduce traffic crashes involving America's workers and their families by helping employers implement well-developed policies, dynamic workplace programs, and compelling community activities related to traffic safety. Government and industry leaders created the organization to address the human and economic impact of traffic crashes on the nation's workforce as well as their families and communities.
Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), a research partnership between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies, is the country's largest research project devoted to children in crashes. Site includes PCPS research findings, educational resource materials, and multimedia information for parents/caregivers on the basics of child passenger safety.
Roadway Safety Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing highway deaths and injuries by improving the physical design and condition of roadways.
New Car Assessment Programs (NCAP):
United States — National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Asia — ASEAN NCAP
Europe — EuroNCAP
Australia/New Zealand — Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)
Japan — National Organization for Automotive Safety & Victim's Aid
South Korea — Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP)
A collaboration of more than 100 countries with the single goal of preventing five million road traffic deaths globally by 2020.