As a part of our commitment to road safety we have partnered with Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) to launch the Transurban Road Safety Centre.
NeuRA is one of the world’s leading centres of neuroscience research and the new centre combines world-class research with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to study practical injury prevention strategies. The centre includes a new state-of-the-art road safety test site with sled capable of reaching speeds consistent with those experienced in real life crashes.
This partnership will deliver a number of key pieces of research with the first being focussed on improving safety for older drivers. With an ageing population in Australia, drivers over the age of 70 currently account for over 14% of driver fatalities, making research into this area an important focus.
Additional research will also be undertaken into the safety of motorcyclists which represent 22% of serious causalities on Australian roads and the safely of young adults travelling in the rear seat and their relationship to the seatbelt.
Commenting on the opening of the Research Centre, Prof Peter Schofield, CEO of NeuRA said “There is a pressing need to find solutions to this increasing problem while maintaining and encouraging increased mobility and independence among older road users, and the fastest growing sector on the road, motorcyclists.”
We hope our ongoing partnership with NeuRA will lead to improvements in safety standards for all motorists across Australia.