Data Systems for the Effective Implementation of a Safe System Approach
Fundamental to the effective translation of Safe System knowledge into action is the existence of underlying data systems consistent with this approach. Important functions of a data system include permitting assessment of the extent to which the Safe System has been applied across the road system, allowing for monitoring of the progress of road safety strategies created under the System and assisting road safety managers in developing future policy in accordance with Safe System principles. This paper outlines conceptual frameworks defining an ideal data system based fully on the Safe System approach. It then presents an examination of two Australian jurisdictions, namely Western Australia and Victoria, the current status of the data systems in each state and how these compare with the ideal system, and discusses the potential of improved data systems to enhance the translation of Safe System knowledge into practice.