This oral history was based on 40 hours of digitally recorded interviews with 29 persons who have made significant contributions to road safety. It covers the three basic strands of road safety - the vehicle, the road environment and the driver - and discusses the significant developments in each area, including seat belts, development of vehicle standards, crash testing, child restraints, helmets, speed zoning, breath and drug testing, road engineering improvements, driver and rider licensing changes, public awareness campaigning and on-road enforcement. Although the project covers road safety on a national level and interviews were carried out in three states and the ACT, its main focus is the New South Wales experience.
The MP3 sound files in the table below feature some of the key themes explored in this project.
A 3-CD audio compilation set and companion Summary Report have been prepared, and may be ordered from the Transport Library at a cost of A$11 plus postage and handling. Orders may also be placed by fax to the Transport Library on 61 2 8849 2488.
Researchers and historians wishing to access the source interview tapes and associated transcripts should contact the Transport Library by phone on 61 2 8849 2913.
The opinions expressed in the oral history interview tapes are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent in whole or in part the position of RMS.