Research Projects

Our research goals and purpose

The WACRSR's purpose is to conduct high-quality research to educate, inform, and facilitate the reduction of crash and injury on WA roads, using the Safe Systems Approach. This innovative approach has changed the way we think about road safety entirely, taking a bigger picture view of interactions between different parts of the road transport system –  road quality, the ways we use roads, the speed we travel at and the vehicles we use – so that human mistakes do not have to result in death or serious injury.

One day, we'd like to see road-related harm to the Western Australian community eliminated entirely. This may seem like an impossible task, and it is one we do not take lightly. However, we have brought together the best minds to achieve it.


“A genuinely transformational change is needed to move away from approaches that amount to a coping mechanism to one that proactively fixes the problem once and for all.”

National Road Safety Strategy


Current Projects
  • WACRSR Advanced Driving Simulator
  • Understanding the use and road safety implications of e-Rideables in WA
  • Reducing young driver fatigue
  • Exploring influences on WA drivers’ perceptions of safe speeds
  • Road Safety interventions for school-aged children: a systematic review
  • What are the elements and characteristics of effective road safety education?
  • Assessing the impact over time of road safety campaigns in Western Australia
  • Evaluation of Road Safety Treatments
  • Evaluation of a Road Safety Tool
  • Delivering a population based intervention to reduce young driver crashes: the FEEDBACK trial
Current Projects under Main Roads WA
  • Safety assessment of Western Australia’s smart freeways – Kwinana Freeway Northbound Farrington road to Narrows
  • Detailed Analysis into Crashes on South Western Highway (SWH) in the South West region of Western Australia.
  • Predicting traffic volume on WA's local network
  • Evaluation of the safety benefits and cost effectiveness of the Metropolitan Intersection Crash (MIC) Program in Western Australia from 2012/13 to 2021/2022
  • Efficacy and safety performance of ‘sharks teeth’ road markings
  • Zig Zag Line Marking Evaluation - data analysis
  • Operational Characteristics of Turbo Roundabouts
Human Factors Projects
Main Roads WA
Simulation Studies
  • Cycling safety on urban roads through simulation
Future project opportunities
  • Evaluating the impact of alcohol hangover on attention and hazard perception
  • ADHD, Executive Functioning and Obtaining a Driver’s License: A Qualitative Study
  • The Relationship Between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Theory of Mind on Driving Experiences for Individuals in Western Australia
  • Are more dynamic road signs safer: A driving simulation study
  • Does listening to music reduce inattentional blindness for motorcycles?
  • Comparing presence versus impairment testing in driver safety and occupational health and safety protocols as it relates to specifically to cannabis; cost, benefits, drawbacks and efficacy
  • Improving Road Safety for Vulnerable Road Users with simulation systems and Autonomous Vehicles

Road Safety Research Program

Our road safety research will provide the evidence to guide policies and interventions that save lives on WA roads.

Injury Prevention Program

Our injury prevention research will examine the contributing factors to injuries, their outcomes and determine effective countermeasures to prevent injuries.